Stelis papiliopsis O.Duque 1997 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Photo/TYPE Drawing by Duque and The Epidendra Website


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

Flower Size

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 1800 to 2000 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, terete, lightly ribbed ramicauls enveloped by a longer, tubular sheath on the upper half and 2 loose, basal tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, oblong, obtuse, tridenticulate, cuneate below into the canaliculate petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on an erect, arising through a spathe, distichous, congested, to 11.2" [to 28 cm] long including the .4" [1 cm] long peduncle, successively several, many flowered inflorescence with large, infundibular, almost as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying lareg, lightly cupped, red outside, pink inside flowers.

S papiliopsis is large than S papilio and it has a certain similarity to its flowers but both species are markedly differnt than any other Stelis." Duque 2008


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Orquideología Vol 20 #3 pg 361–362; 367, pl. 4, 4–6; pl 13, 1 Duque 1997 drawing/photo fide;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing/photo fide;