Stelis tridactyloides Luer & Hirtz 2002 SECTION Stelis 2002 Photos courtesy of Danny Lentz , plant grown by the Atlanta Botanical Garden

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Common Name The Three Finger-Like Stelis

Flower Size .1" [3mm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations of 600 to 1700 meters as a miniature sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 loose, tubular sheaths and another belwo the middle and carrying a single, apical, erct, coriaceous, elliptical, subacte to obtuse, cuneate below into the base leaf that blooms in the summer on an erect, distichous, densely and nearly simultaneously many flowered, racemose, 4 3/4 to 8 3/4" [12 to 22 cm] long including the 1.2 to 2.8 ,3 to 7 cm] long peduncle, inflorescence arising through a spathe from an annulus at the leaf base and carrying short, broad floral bracts.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIV A First Century Of New Species of Stelis of Ecuador Part One Luer 2002 drawing good; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo ok;

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