Stelis aviceps Lindl. 1858 SECTION Humboldtia

Photo by Alexander Hirtz

Another Flower???not?

Plant and Flowers not?

Photos by Duane McDowell and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Drawing

Drawing by Carl Luer

Part shadeCold Hot SpringSummer Fall

Common Name The Bird Head Stelis [refers to the shape of the closed flower]

Flower Size .1" [2.5mm]

Found in Venezuela, Narino department of colombia, Pichincha, Napo, Pastaza, Tungurahua, Morona-Santiago and Zamora-Chinchipe provinces of Ecuador, Cajamarca and Junin departments of Peru and Bolivia in low elevation cloud forests at elevations of 400 to 2800 meters as a small to medium sized, hot to cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with a 3" [7.5 cm] long, stem enveloped basally by 2 to 3, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, oblong to oblong-elliptic, obtuse to subacute, coriaceous, gradually narrowing below into the distinct petiolate base leaf that blooms inn the spring summer and fall on a 8" [to 20 cm] long, racemose, loosely to subdensely, several to many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, longer than the ovary

" Related to S purpurea but distinguished by the smaller habit, shorter floral bracts, samaller flowers and an obtuse dorsal sepal instead of acute. The dorsal sepal is broadly ovate, commonly 5 veined while the lateral sepals are connate into a shorter and more or less transversely ovate, concave synsepal. The petals are semi-luneate witha thick margin. The apex of the brad lip is obtusely rounded and shalloewly concave and has a low callus on the dorsum." Luer 2009

Synonyms Stelis connata C. Schweinf. 1858; Stelis cryptochila Garay 1956; Stelis polycarpa Schltr. 1929;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Fol. Orchid. 8: 16 Lindley 1859;

Canad. J. Bot. 34: 355 Garay 1956 as S cryptochila;

Fieldiana Vol 30, The Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1958 as S connata

Fieldiana Vol 30, The Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1958 as S polycarpa;

Fieldiana Biology, Vol 33, 1st Supple. to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1970;

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

Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 5 Dunsterville & Garay 1972 as S cupiligera drawing hmm;

Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as S cupiligera drawing hmm;

Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing hmm;

Orquideas de Bolivia Vol 1 Vasquez & Ibisch 2000;

Orquideas de Bolivia Vol 1 Vasquez & Ibisch 2000 as S polycarpa;

Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003;

Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo fide;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz, Compendium Duque 2008 good;

Orchid Species Of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Lepanthes of Jamaica Stelis Of Ecuador Part IV Luer 2009;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Lepanthes of Jamaica Stelis Of Ecuador Part IV Luer 2009 drawing fide;

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