~Stelis alba Kunth 1816 - See Stelis pusilla Kunth 1816

Drawing by Dunsterville and Garay

Common Name The White Stelis [refers to the flower color]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Venezuela and Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2100 to 2400 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls with 2 close fitting tubular sheaths and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on an apical, erect, dense, to 4" [10 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence with large floral bracts with expanded flaring apices.

Synonyms Stelis pentodonta Rchb.f. 1850

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 5 Dunsterville and Garay 1972 drawing fide;

Fieldiana Botany Vol 33 1st Supplement to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1970;

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