Stelis obovata C.Schweinf. 1961 Drawing by Dunsterville & Garay and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Obovate Stelis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in southern Venezuela in forests at elevations around 1400 to 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte erect, short, stout ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, oblanceolate to obovate, obtuse to rounded, tridenticulate, tapering below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a horizontal, arching to erect, congested, secund, 1.2 to 4.2" [3 to 10.5 cm] long including the .4 to 1.2" [1 to 3.5 cm] long peduncle, successively few, to many flowered inflorescence with cucullate, acute floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , Flora de Venezuela Vol 15 Part 2 Foldats 1970 drawing good; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 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 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 as S maderoi drawing fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003;