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

Common Name The Snake Headed Stelis [refers to the ferocious-appearing flowers]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago Ecuador at elevations around 1300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, loose, elongating, somewhat fractiflex, flexuous, to 5.2" [13 cm] long including the .4 to .8" [1 to 2 cm] long peduncle, successively 1 to 2, many flowered inflorescence arising from a node below the apex of the ramicaul with infundibular, oblique, acute floral bracts.

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

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