Stelis muscifera Lindl. 1859 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

EARLY

Common Name The Fly Carrying Stelis [refers to the flower]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Trinidad, Venezuela and Ecuador at elevations around 800 to 1600 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a loose, tubular sheath near the middle and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical to narrowly elliptical, subacute to obtuse, narrowly cuneate below into the indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and early summer on an erect, distichous, congested, 6 to 7.2" [15 to 18 cm] long including the 1.6 to 2" [4 to 5 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously several, many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with oblique, acute floral bracts.

Synonyms Stelis amblyophylla Schltr. 1919; Stelis bangii Rolfe 1895; Stelis trinitatis Ames 1923

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1961 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as S tristyla not drawing fide;Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 as S bangii not drawing fide; Orquideas de Bolivia Vol 1 Vasquez & Ibisch 2000 as S bangii; Orquideas de Bolivia Vol 1 Vasquez & Ibisch 2000; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 as S bangii; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide

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