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

Common Name The Crowded Spikes Stelis [refers to the multiple inflorescence]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Azuay Ecuador at elevations around 3000 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with an erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by 3 to 4, loose, imbricating tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, oblong, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on 6 to 8, crowded, stout, erect, secund, to 2.4 to 3.2" [6 to 8 cm] long including the .24 to .28" [6 to 7 mm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a broad, thin spathe from below the apex of the ramicaul with oblique acute floral bracts.

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

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