Stelis norae Foldats 1968 SECTION Stelis

Drawing by Dodson


Common Name Nora's Stelis [Mrs Dunsterville Orchid Collector later 1900's]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Venezuela and Ecuador in tropical and lower montane cloud forests at elevations around 2300 to 2400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with prostrate to ascending ramicauls carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the mid winter to late spring on a horizontal, arching to erect, congested, distichous, fractiflex, 4.8 to 6" [12 to 15 cm] long including the 1.6 to 2" [4 to 5 cm] long peduncle, successively several, many flowered inflorescence with acuminate, dilated, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying pink flowers.

Recognized by its diminutive size and its long fractiflex inflorescence with pinkish flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Acta Bot. Venez. 3: 409 Foldats 1968;

Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 drawing fide;

Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 5 Dunsterville & Garay 1972 as S concinna drawing fide;

Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as S concinna drawing fide;

Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 329 Dodson 1980 drawing fide;

Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque drawing fide