Stelis hirtella (Garay) Luer 1981 SUBGENUS Apatostelis Duque 2008Photo by Jolie and Jolies Orquidees WebPage

Inflorescence

Plant and Flowers Photo by Takato NATSU from Japan and his Japan Orchids Page

Deep Shade CoolCold Winter

Common Name The Bristley Stelis

Flower Size .15" [4mm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru in high montane forests as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 1 to 2, fibrous, dilated sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic-oblong, subobtuse, tridenticulate, attenuate below into the canaliculate, petiolate base leaf and blooms in the winter on 1 to 3, as long as or a bit shorter than the leaf, racemose, distichous, sparsely several flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe and has broadly cucullate, apicaulate, dorsally carinate floral bracts that envelope the pedicel.

Synonyms Apatostelis hirtella Garay 1979; Stelis hirta Lindl. 1859

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958 as S hirta; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide; Orchid Species Of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide

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