Stelis laudabilis Luer & Hirtz 2007 SECTION NexipousDrawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

EARLY

Common Name The Praiseworthy Stelis

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago Ecuador at elevations around 1400 to 1600 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphtye with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by a loose, tubular sheath on the middle third and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, oblong, obtuse, cuneate below into the base leaf that blooms in the early winter on 1 to 2, suberect, more or less arching, congested, 2.8 to 3.2" [7 to 8 cm] long including the .2" [5 mm] long peduncle, more or less mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising througha slender spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with tubular, oblique, subacute floral bracts.

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Luer 2007 drawing fide;

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