Stelis mononeura Lindl. 1859 SECTION StelisDrawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Single Nerved Stelis [refers to the petals]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Narino Colombia and Ecuador at elevations around 2000 to 3100 meters as a small sized, cold growing lithophyte or epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by tubular sheath near the middle and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer, fall and winter on 3 to 15, erect, congested, 3.2 to 6" [8 to 15 cm] long including the .4" [1 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with oblique, acute floral bracts.

Synonyms Stelis fasciculata Luer 1981

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 768 Bennett & Christenson 2001 drawing good; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide

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