Stelis grossilabris Rchb.f. 1881 NO PHOTO

Common Name The Thick Lipped Stelis

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Bolivar Venezuela in elfin forests at elevations of 1250 to 1850 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect ramciauls enveloped by 2 to 3, loose, acuminate sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic-oblong, obtuse to rounded gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect, to 6" [15 cm] long, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe at the apex of the ramicaul and carrying flat flowers that all face in one direction and have acuminate floral bracts.

Synonyms Apatostelis grossilabris (Rchb.f.) Garay 1979

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol. 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1965 drawing not = S tristyla; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 drawing ok;

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