Stelis macrantha Rolfe 1907 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Oscar Duque

Common Name The Spotted Stelis

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in La Paz department of Bolivia in montane forests at elevations around 2900 meters as a medium sized, cold growing caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls with 2 basal sheaths and a longer separate, dilated one that covers most of the upper third of the ramicaul and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous broadly oblong, subobtuse and tridenticulate apically, narrowing abruptly into a conduplicate petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect, arising through an acute spathe, peduncle 2.8 to 4" [7 to 10 cm] long, bracteate, rachis distichous, in to opposite rows, 8 to 9.2" [20 to 23 cm] long, laxly, successively several, many flowered inflorescence with large, infundubular-cucullate, acuminate, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying large, bilabiate, glabrous, red flowers.

Similar to and often citeed as a synonym of S purpurea.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Bull. New York Bot. Gard. 4: 450 Rolfe 1907 as S macrantha;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 Drawing fide;