Stelis fabulosa Luer & Endara 2004 SECTION Stelis Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Fabulous Stelis

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Loja Ecuador at elevations around 2700 to 2900 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls with a long, loose, tubular sheath enveloping the middle third and 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-oblong, obtuse to subacute, cuneate below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring, summer and fall on an erect, distichous, subdensely, 8 to 12" [20 to 30 cm] long including the 3.2 to 4" [8 to 10 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from below the apex of the ramicaul and has tubular floral bracts.

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Luer 2004 drawing fide

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------