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

Common Name The Paradise-Living Stelis [refers to the location of the species in the famous Loja-Zamora mountain pass]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Zamora Chinchipe and Morona-Santiago Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 2250 to 3000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and 2 others about the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, obtuse, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and summer on an erect, loose, to 4.8" [to 12 cm] long including the 1.6" [4 cm] long peduncle, successively few, several flowered inflorescence arising 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 XXIX Luer 2007 drawing fide

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