Stelis haltonii Luer 2004 SECTION Stelis

Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website

Common Name Halton's Stelis [American Orchid Enthusiast and CoCollector of species later 1900's]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Napo, Morona-Santiago and Loja provinces of Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 450 to 500 meters as a miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramciauls enveloped by a tubular sheath near the middle and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute to subacute, gradually narrowing below into the indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms spring summer and fall on an erect, arising through a slender spathe from an annulus at the apex of the ramicaul, congested, disitchous, to 3.6 to 4.8" [9 to 12 cm] long including the .6" [1.5 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with tubular, longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying grteenish white flowers.

"Characterized by slender ramicauls with somewhat longer, narrowly oblong leaves that are surpassed by a slender, congested raceme of small, greenish white flowers. The sepals, pubescent within, are elliptical with the laterals in opposite directions. The petals are broadly subtruncate. The lip is rhombic, longer than wide, with the apex acute and the base with a broad, minutely pubescent callus." Luer 2004


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Orquideologia 20: 348 Duque 1997 drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 drawing fide;