!Stelis ophioglossoides (Jacq.) Sw. 1799 SUBGENUS Stellata SECTION Distichae S. eliator alliance

plant and Inflorescence Photos by Roger Graveson and His The Plants Of Saint Lucia Website

Another Flower Purple?

Plant and Flowers Photo by Richard Gautier and His Orchid Website

Common Name The Snake's Tongue Stelis [refers to the double inflorescence]

Flower Size 1/8" [4mm]

Found in Cuba, Jamaica, Leeward Islands, The Windward Islands, Venezuela, French Guiana and Surinam? in low elevation forests or in open fields at elevations of 200 to 1100 meters as a miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with clustered, triquetreous above, ramicauls enveloped by 1 to 2 tubular basal sheaths and another at the middle and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptic-oblong to elliptical, subobtuse to tridenticulate, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms at any time of the year on 1 to 3, as long or slightly longer than the leaf, to 3.6" [9cm] long, slender, distichous, loosely many flowered inflorescence arising through an acute spathe and has cucullate, shortly apiculate floral bracts

Synonyms *Epidendrum ophioglossoides Jacq. 1760; Epidendrum trigoniflorum Sw. 1788; Dendrobium ophioglossoides (Jacq.) Sw. 1799; Pleurothallis ophioglossoides (Jacq.) Garay & H.R.Sweet 1972; Stelis cristalensis H.Dietr. 1985; Stelis scabrida Lindl. 1840; Stelis toepfferiana Rchb.f. 1886; Stelis trigoniflora (Sw.) Garay 1978

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909 as Stelis toepfferiana; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909 as S scabrida; Flora of Jamaica Fawcett & Rendle 1910 drawing fide; Flore Descriptive des Antilles Francaises H. Stehle 1939; Flore Descriptive des Antilles Francaises H. Stehle 1939 as S scabrida; Native Orchids of Trinidad Schultes 1960; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970; Flora of the Lesser Antilles Garay & Sweet 1974 as S scabrida drawing fide; Flora of the Lesser Antilles Garay & Sweet 1974; Catalogo Descriptivo de las Orquideas Cubanas Acuna 1987; Orchids of Jamaica Gloudon/Ibisch 1995 Photo ok; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000 as S cristalensis; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000 as S scabrida drawing ok; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing ok; The Orchids of Cuba LLamacho and Laramendi 2005 photo fide; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 as S cristalensis; Orchidaceae Stelis , A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Stelis , A Compendium Duque 2008 as S scabrida drawing ok; Orchidaceae Stelis , A Compendium Duque 2008 as S trigoniflorum drawing ok;

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