Stelis tenuilabris Lindl. 1859 SUBGENUS Apatostelis Duque 2008 Photo by Santander Orquideas Nativas Website

Inflorescence Photo courtesy of David Morris and Clackamas Orchids Home Page

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Common Name The Thin Lip Stelis [refers to the sepals]

Flower Size 1/6" [4 mm]

Found from Ecuador, Colombia and Venezuela as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte that occurs around 1000 to 2900 meters with stout, erect ramicauls carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, gradually narrowing below into the attenuate petiolate base leaf and blooms on an apical, 2" [5 cm] long, fasciculate, racemose, many flowered inflorescence that is shorter than the leaves and arises from the apex of the ramicaul.

CAUTION I am not sure of this determination. The first photo has flowers that are close in form but they are spaced too far apart so please use with caution.

The second photo has the flowers spaced correctly but it is impossible to make a floral determination with this photo

Synonyms Apatostelis alata (Lindl.) Garay 1979; Stelis abbreviata Luer & Hirtz 2007; Stelis alata Lindl. 1859; Stelis canaliculata Rchb.f. 1872;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 as S alata drawing good; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 as S alata drawing good; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 drawing good; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as S alata drawing good; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 as S alata drawing good; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Luer 2007 as S abbreviata drawing good; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 as S alata drawing good; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009;

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