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

LATE EARLY

Common Name The ZigZag Stelis [refers to the raceme]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Zamora Chinchipe Ecuador at elevations around 2500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with an erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by a tubular sheath and 1 to 2, others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-oblong, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on an erect, flexuous, distichous, sublax, to 2.4 to 3.2" [6 to 8 cm] long including the .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously several, many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from an annulus 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 XXIV Luer 2004 drawing fide

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