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

LATER EARLY

Common Name The Pretty Stelis

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Morona-Santiago Ecuador at elevations around 1680 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by a large, loose tubular sheath below the middle and 2 others below and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute to subacute, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on an erect, congested, secund, 4.8 to 5.6" [12 to 14 cm] long including the 1.2 to 2.4" [3 to 6 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously several flowered inflorescence arising through a slender spathe from an annulus at the apex of the ramicaul with infundibular, inflated, 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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