Stelis palmeiraensis Barb. Rodr. 1881 SECTION Stelis

Photo by Dalton Holland Baptista.


Drawing by Oscar Duque

Part shadeWarm

Common Name The Mt Palmeira Stelis [A mountain in Rio de Janiero state of Brazil]

Flower Size .1" [3 mm]

Found in Rio de Janiero state of Brazil in virgin forests on tree branches as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by two tubular sheath with the uppermost being much longer and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly oblong, obtuse, tridenticulate, narrowing below into the elongate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, arising through a spathe, racemose, 2" [5 cm] long, secund, laxly many flowered inflorescence with shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying small, clear yellow, glabrous flowers.

Related to S porpax but disitnguished by its small size, its trilobed, excavate lip and its susullate petals.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Orchidaceae Brasilense Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing hmm;

Orchids of the High Mountain Atlantic Rainforest in SE Brazil Warren & Miller 1994 drawing hmm;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz, A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide