Stelis oblonga (Ruiz & Pav.) Willd. 1805 SUBGENUS Stellata SECTION Concave S oblonga alliance Duque 2008 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Drawing Original Drawing by Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia

Common Name The Oblong Stelis [refers to the leaves]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia in montane cloud forests at elevations around 2000 meters as a small to medium sized, cool growing epiphtye with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 basal, short sheaths and another longer, inflated sheath in the upper third and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, oblong to elliptic-oblong, obtuse, tridenticulate, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on an erect, racemose, distichous, congested, to 4.8" [to 12 cm] long including the 2" [5 cm] long peduncle, many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe and has cucullate, apiculate floral bracts with folded sides

Synonyms *Humboldtia oblonga Ruiz & Pav. 1798; Stelis apiculata Schltr. 1920; Stelis dodsonii Luer 2002; Stelis euspatha Rchb.f. 1855; Stelis fissa Lindl. 1859; Stelis floribunda Kunth 1816; Stelis insignis Ames 1922

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855 as S euspatha; Repertorium Specierum Novarum Regni Vegetabilis Schlechter 1920 as S apiculata; Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958 as S apiculata; Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958 as S floribunda; Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958; Fieldiana; 1st Supplement to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1970; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 4 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 drawing ok; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 2 Foldats 1970 drawing ok; Fieldiana Botany Vol 33 1st Supplement to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1970; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing ok; Orquideas de Bolivia Vol 1 Vasquez & Ibisch 2000 as S euspatha; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 770 Bennett & Christenson 2001 drawing hmm; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Luer 2002 as S dodsonii drawing fide; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 as S euspatha drawing hmm; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing hmm; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide;

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