Stelis macra Schltr. 1921 Drawing by © Schlechter


Drawing by © Oscar Duque

Common Name The Large Stelis [possibly refers to the lip]

Flower Size

Found in Junin department of Peru at elevations of 2300 to 2400 meters as a medium sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 3 tubular sheaths below the middle and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, lanceolate-ligulate, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on 2 to 3, erect, sublax, secund, thin, 4.8 to 10.8" [12 to 27 cm] long including the 1.l6 to 2.4" [4 to 6 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe with elliptic-cucullate, shortly acuminate, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying yellow flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 9: 65 Schlechter 1921;

Figuren Atlas - Orchideenfloren der Südamerkanischen Kordillerenstaaten Schlechter 1929 drawing fide;

Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing hmm