Stelis lanata Lindl. 1859 SECTION Stelis
Type Drawing Photos/Drawing by © S Manning/Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at he Jany Renz Herbaria Website
Common Name The Wooly Stelis [refers to the pubescence]
Flower Size .2" [5 mm]
Found in central Ecuador at elevations around 2800 to 3200 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender, fasciculate ramicauls enveloped by a close tubular sheath on the middle third and another 1 to 2 at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute to subacute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer, fall and winter on 1 to 3, erect, subdense, subflexuous, 3.2 to 6" [8 to 15 cm] long including the .8 to 1.6" [2 to 4 cm] peduncle, mostly simultaneously several to many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe below the apex of the ramicaul with oblique acute floral bracts.
References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide;