Stelis loejtnantii Luer & Endara 2004 SECTION StelisDrawing by © Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website
Common Name Loejtnant's Stelis [Danish Orchid Enthusiast and Collector of species]
Flower Size .16" [4 mm]
Found in Pichincha Ecuador at elevations around 2700 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, cuneate below into the slender petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on an erect, strict, 2.8 to 3.6" [7 to 9 cm] long including the .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously several, many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe below the apex of the ramicaul with oblique, acute floral bracts.
Very similar to S lancea but differs in this species having a shortly pubescent sepals and a distinctly different lip.
References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Luer 2004 drawings fide;