Stelis muscosa Lindl. 1859 SECTION Nexipous

Drawing by Foldats

Common Name The Moss Loving Stelis

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Aragua and Merida states of Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador without elevational data as a mini-miniature sized, densely caespitose epiphyte with clustered, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2, tubular, upper one as long as the petiole sheaths and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, linear-oblong to oblanceolate, subacute, longly attenuate into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect, as long as or shorter than the leaf, more or less densely many flowered inflorescence with distichous but not imbricate, cochleate, obtuse a little shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying purple flowers.

S muscosa is a very small, densely caespitose plat with narrow leaves, short inflorescence and monolobular stigma. O Duque 2008

Synonyms Apatostelis muscosa (Lindl.) Garay 1979

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Fol. Orchid. 8: 7 Lindley 1859; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 segunda parte Foldats 1969 drawing fide; Bot. Mus. Leafl. 27: 190 Garay 1979 as Apatostelis muscosa;

Orchidaceaea Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide;