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

EARLY

Common Name The Transluscent Stelis [refers to the Flowers]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Morona-Santiago Ecuador at elevations around 2800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with an erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early winter on an erect, subcongested, distichous, sublax, to 1.6 to 2.2" [4 to 5.5 cm] long including the .6 to .8" [1.5 to 2 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously several flowered inflorescence arising through a narrow spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with infundibular, acute floral bracts.

Synonyms

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

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