Stelis foveata Lindl. 1859 SECTION Stelis Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

LATE EARLY

Common Name The Cavity Stelis [refers to the Labellum]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Pichincha Ecuador on wooded ridges at elevations around 3200 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a loose tubular sheath below the middle and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute , narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on an erect, strict, congested, 4 to 6.8" [10 to 18 cm] long including the .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with oblique, acute floral bracts.

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing good; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX 2009 drawing fide

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