Stelis chamaestelis (Rchb.f.) Garay & Dunst. 1966 SECTION Stelis

Drawing by Dunsterville

Common Name The Low, Short Column Stelis

Flower Size .12 [3 mm]

Found in northwestern Venezuela in cloud forests at elevations around 2500 to 2600 meters as a small sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 close, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, linear-elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on 1 to 3, erect, thin, almost filiform, distichous, 8 [20 cm] long including the .8 [2 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from a node below the apex of the ramicaul with tubular, obtuse, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

Synonyms Apatostelis chamaestelis (Rchb.f.) Garay 1979; *Pleurothallis chamaestelis Rchb.f. 1850; Stelis florea Lindl. 1859

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Linnaea 22: 825 Rchb.f 1850;

Fol. Orchid. 8: 5 Lindley 1859 as S florea;

*Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 4 Dunsterville And Garay 1966 drawing fide;

Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 drawing fide;

Bot. Mus. Leafl. 27: 187 Garay 1979 as Apotostelis chamaestelis;

Orchids of Venezuela, 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;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide;