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

EARLY

Common Name The Tufted Stelis [refers to the caespitose habit]

Flower Size .06" [1.5 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago Ecuador at elevations below 1000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with erect, proportionally stout ramicauls enveloped by 2 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect to suberect to horizontal, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute to obtuse, apiculate, cuneate into the base leaf that blooms in the early summer on an erect, flexible, subflexuous, to 2.4" [to 6 cm] long including the to .4" [1 cm] long peduncle, successively 1 to 2, many flowered inflorescence from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with oblique, infundibular floral bracts.

Synonyms

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

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