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

Common Name The Tiny Petal Stelis

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago Ecuador at elevations around 600 meters as a miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with erect, slender, ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath and 2 to 3 tubular sheaths in the lower half and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, linear-elliptical, acute, gradually narrowing below into the indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on 1 to 2, erect, congested, 4 to 5.6" [10 to 14 cm] long including the .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from an annulus from below the apex of the ramicaul with broadly tubular 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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