Stelis aviceps Lindl. 1858 SECTION Humboldtia

Plant and Flowers Photos by Duane McDowell and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

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, Ecuador, 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 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

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

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970; Fieldiana Vol 30, The Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1958 as S connata & 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 not; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz, Compendium Duque 2008 good; Orchid Species Of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo not; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide;

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