Stelis molleturensis Luer & Hirtz 2004 SECTION LabiataeDrawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Cordillera Molleturo Stelis [refers to the plant location]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Azuay Ecuador at elevations around 750 meters as a small sized, warm growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by close, tubular sheath on the middle third and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer an erect, congested, distichous, 3.6 to 4" [9 to 10 cm] long including the .4 to .6" [1 to 1.5 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously manyflowered inflorescence arising through a slender spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with oblique, acute floral bracts.

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

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