Stelis megantha Barb. Rodr. 1881 SUBGENUS Stellata SECTION Disticha purpurescens alliance Duque 2008 Photo by Alexandre Madeiros

Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding.

Full shade CoolMID Spring EARLYFall

Common Name The Giant Anther Stelis

Flower Size 5/8" [.7 cm]

Found in Eastern and Southern Brazil in primitive forests at eleavtions of 1300 to 1500 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with a robust ramicaul carrying a single, ovate, acute, deeply keeled, emerald green leaf that blooms in the mid spring through early fall on an erect, 6" [15 cm] long, to 20 flowered inflorescence with fleshy, alternate flowers.

Synonyms Stelis macrochlamys Hoehne & Schltr. 1926

References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Brasilense Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1976 drawing ok; Orchids of the High Mountain Atlantic Rainforest in SE Brazil Warren & Miller 1994 drawing/photo fide; The Organ Mountain Range Its History and its orchids Miller, Warren and Seehauer 2008 drawing fide; Orchidees du Bresil As Orquideas da Serra do Castelo [Espirito Santo Brazil] Chiron & Bolsanello Vol 2 2013 photo fide

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