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

EARLY

Common Name The Pretty Little Stelis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe Ecuador at elevations around 2250 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphtye with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ellipitcal, obtuse, cuneate below into the base leaf that blooms in the early winter on an erect, lax, distichous, subflexuous, to 3.2" [8 cm] long including the .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long peduncle, successively 2 to 3, several flowered inflorescence arising from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with oblique, acute floral bracts.

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

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