Stelis flexuosa Lindl. 1843

SUBGENUS Apatostelis Duque 2008

Inflorescence Photo by Lourens Grobler

Another Flower commonly sold as S cuencana not Photo by Jeff Gallica and The Neotropical Flora Website

Common Name or Meaning The Flexous Stelis

Flower Size 1/16" [3mm]

Found from Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia at elevations of 1200 to 3950 meters as a miniature sized, cold to cool growing terrestrial or lithophyte with a very slender stem enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths ans carrying a single, apical, oblanceolate to narrowly obovate, marginate leaf that gradually narrows into a short petiole that blooms in the summer 1 1/4 to 3 3/4" [3 to 9 cm] long, suberect to arcuate, filiform, fractiflex, racemose, several to many flowered inflorescence with minute, infundibuliform floral bracts and carrying very small, membraneous flowers

CAUTION!!!! This determination seems suspect to me. I await further information but does not jive with Foldats nor Dunsterville, but the photo provided in Duque's compendium is very similar but has a rounded lip apex and the photo it is very angular.

SEE ALSO Stelis cuencana and S concinna which are very similar. S concinna is said to be synomonous with this species and if so then S concinna takes precedence. Stelis flexuosissima is also very similar.

Synonyms Stelis tolimensis Schltr. 1924

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 4 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 drawing not; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 drawing not; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing not; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing not; Orquideas de Bolivia Vol 1 Vasquez & Ibisch 2000 photo fide; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing good except rounded lip/photo good except rounded lip; Orchid Species Of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide

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