Stelis braccata Rchb.f. & Warsz. 1854 SECTION Stelis

Another DrawingDrawings by © Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Dunsterville’s Interpretation Drawing by © Dunsterville and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Trouser Wearing Stelis [refers to the cauline sheaths]

Flower Size .12” [3 mm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador at elevations around 1700 to 3500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with fascicled, erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a loose tubular sheath near the middle and 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly ellipitical-oblong, subacute to narrowly obtuse, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms at most any time of the year on a fascilie of 2 to 6, erect, congested, distichousd 4.4” [ 11 cm] long including the .4” [1 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously several flowered inflorescence through a spathe near the apex of the ramicaul with oblique, acute floral bracts.

Synonyms Apatostelis braccata (Rchb.f. & Warsz.) Garay 1979; Apatostelis minimiflora (Schltr.) Garay 1979; Apatostelis pleistantha (Schltr.) Garay 1979; Stelis minimiflora Schltr. 1924; Stelis pleistantha Schltr. 1924

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing good; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 as S miniliflora drawing fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 as S minimiflora; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 as S minimiflora photo good; Orquidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide; Orquidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 S minimiflora drawing hmm; Orquidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 S pleisantha; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide;

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