!Stenoptera peruviana C.Presl 1827 Drawing by Dodson and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Part shade Cold LATEFall Winter

Common Name The Peruvian Stenoptera

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru in cold wet montane forests at elevations of 2100 to 2300 meters as a small to just medium sized, cold growing terrestrial with several, basal, lanceolate, acuminate leaves and a few leaflike bracts on the stem decreasing in size upwards that blooms in the late fall and winter on a terminal, erect, pubescent, densely many flowered inflorescence enveloped by overlapping, tubular, pubescent bracts and lanceolate, acuminate, pubescent flora lbracts that are longer than the ovaries which are adpressed [type for S macrostachys] or not [type for S peruviana] to the rachis and carrying non-resupinate flowers.

Synonyms Gyrostachys macrostachya (Poepp. & Endl.) Kuntze 1891; Spiranthes macrostachya Poepp. & Endl. 1836; Stenoptera leimebambae T.Hashim. 1971; Stenoptera macrostachya (Poepp. & Endl.) Rchb.f. 1856

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora of Ecuador No 9 225[1] Garay 1978; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 983Dodson 1984 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 387 Bennett & Christenson 1995 as S macrostachys drawing ok;

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