Stelis compressicaulis Luer, Thoerle & F.Werner 2011 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Compressed Stem Stelis [refers to the peduncle of the inflorescence]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Zamora-Chinchipe province of Ecuador at elevations around 2225 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, short, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a single, arising through a spathe near the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle compressed, 4" [10 cm] long, rachis erect, 4" [10 cm] long, mostly successively single, many flowered inflorescence with acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and flowers with sepals with long pubescent above the middle and glabrous petals.

"Remarkable for a single flower produced successively in a distantly flowered raceme that is borne by a long, erect, compressed peduncle. The flowers are minute with obtuse sepals that are long pubescent above the middle: the petals are single veined and the tiny lip is transversely cordate." Luer, Thoerle and Werner 2011


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Harvard Papers in Botany Vol 1 No 2: 349 Luer, Thoerle and Werner 2011 drawing fide;