Stelis trichorrhachis Rchb.f. 1855 SECTION Stelis Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Hair-Like Raceme Stelis [refers to the thin raceme]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru at elevations around 2000 to 2500 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing epiphyte with an ascending, erect, stout ramicaul enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and 2 to 3 others towards the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-obovate, subacute, cuneate below into the slender petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, sublax, distichous, flexuous, to 2 to 4.8" [5 to 12 cm] long including the .6 to .8" [1.5 to 2cm] long peduncle, simultaneously several, many flowered inflorescence arising through a narrow spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with oblique, acute floral bracts.

Synonyms Stelis rhizomatosa Schltr. 1921

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958 as S rhizomatosa; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 4 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 drawing not = S pygmaea; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Parte 2 Foldats 1970 drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as S tachirensis not drawing not = S pygmaea; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide

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