Stelis atroviolacea Rchb.f. 1855 SECTION Stelis
Type Drawing of S lacunataPhoto/Drawings by © S Manning/ Dunsterville/Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website
Common Name The Dark Purple Stelis
Flower Size .2” [5 mm]
Found in Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 1300 to 2200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-oblong, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, distichous, subcongested, 2.4 to 3.2” [6 to 8 cm] long including the .4” [1 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneous many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from near the apex of the ramicaul with oblique, acute floral bracts.
Synonyms Stelis lacunata Luer & Endara 2007; Stelis papillosa Garay 1956
References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1961 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 drawing ok; Orchids of Venenzuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Luer 2007 as S lacunata drawing good; Orchidaceae Stelis Sw. A Compendium 2008 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009;