Stelis papilio O.Duque 1997 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Photo/TYPE Drawing by Duque and The Epidendra Website

Common Name The Buttterfly Stelis [refers to the central apparatus shape]

Flower Size

Found in Risaralda department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2100 meters as a small sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, proportionally stout ramicauls enveloped by 3 fibrous tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-oblong, subobtuse, tridenticulate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, arising through a cucullate spathe, distichous, laxly to densely, 3.2 to 6" [8 to 15 cm] long including the .72" [1.8 cm] long peduncle, successively several, many flowered inflorescence with large, infundibular-cucullate, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying brilliant red outside, greenish suffused with red inside flowers.

Remarkable for its long curved lip with an upturned point flanked by its two long elliptical petals. Its only relative is S papiliopsis. O Duque 2008


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Orquideología Vol 20 #3 pg 358 Duque 1997 drawing/photo fide;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide;

* Harvard Pap. Bot. 23: 38 Luer & Escobar 2018 Drawing fide