Stelis hylophila Rchb.f. 1855 SECTION Stelis Drawing by Dunsterville The Swiss Orchid Foundation at he Jnay Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Forest Loving Stelis [refers to the epiphytic habit]

Flower Size .16 [4mm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia in wet montane forests at elevations around 1400 to 3200 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath near the middle and 2 to 3 others about the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer, fall and earlier winter on 1 to 3, erect, distichous, 2.8 to 6" [7 to 15 cm] long including the .2 to 1" [.5 to 2.5 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously several flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from an annulus at the the apex of the ramicaul and has oblique, acute floral bracts.

Synonyms Apatostelis hylophila (Rchb.f.) Garay 1979; Stelis reflexa Lindl. 1859

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 4 1966 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 drawing ok; Fieldiana Botany Vol 33 1st Supplement to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1970; 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; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide;