Stelis macrolemma Luer & Endara 2004 SECTION Stelis Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

LATE EARLY

Common Name The Large Bract Stelis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Loja Ecuador at elevations of 2000 to 2800 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a loose, tubular sheath below the middle and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-oblong, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on an erect, loose, distichous, 4 to 7.2" [10 to 18 cm] long including the .8 to 2" [2 to 5 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously several, many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with dilated, oblique, acute floral bracts.

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References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Luer 2004 drawing fide;

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