Stelis nigrescens Luer & Hirtz 2007 SECTION Humboldtia Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

EARLY

Common Name The Blackish Stelis [refers to the flowers]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe Ecuador at elevations around 2000 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with stout, erect, prolific ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath on the middle third and 1 to 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on 1 to 2, erect, congested, distichous, to 3.6 to 5.6" [9 to 14 cm] long including the .8 to 1.6" [2 to 4 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe near the apex of the ramicaul with oblique, acute floral bracts.

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Luer 2007 drawing fide;

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