Stelis parvifolia Garay 1954 SECTION Stelis

Photo by © Dalton Holland Baptista


Drawing by © Carl Luer and Selbyana 32(1,2): 84 Luer & Vasquez 2018;

Deep shade Cool LATERSpring Summer

Common Name The Small Leafed Stelis

Flower Size tiny

Found in Sao Paulo state of Brazil as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing densely caespitose epiphyte with an erect ramicaul enveloped by 1 to 2, loose sheaths from near the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, faintly conduplicate, subacute to obtuse, fleshy, yellow green, narrowing below into the ill defined petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring and summer on an erect, arising from a node on the ramicaul, 1.6 to 2.4" [4 to 6 cm] long,erect, loose, distichous, mostly simultaneously, 5 to 10 flowered inflorescence with infundibular, oblique, acute, just shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying yellow flowers.

"Typical Stelis parvifolia Garay (S. microphylla Hoehne & Schltr.) is a tiny plant, described from a Brazilian collection, with ramicauls two or three millimeters long, and leaves about one centimeter long. A similar plant with identical flowers, except for cellular-papillose sepals has been found in Bolivia. Stelis parvifolia could be treated as an extreme vegetative variation of the variable S. pusilla Kunth." Luer & Vasquez 2018

Synonyms Stelis microphylla Hoehne & Schltr. 1926 nom. illeg.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Arch. Bot. São Paulo 1: 205 Hoehne & Schlechter 1926 sa S microphylla nom. illegal

*Arch. Jard. Bot. Rio de Janeiro 13: 38, Garay 1954

Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 2 Pabst & Dungs 1977 drawing fide;

The Organ Mountain Range Its History and its orchids Miller, Warren and Seehauer 2008 drawing fide;

Selbyana 32(1,2): 84 Luer & Vasquez 2018;

Selbyana 32(1,2): 150 Luer & Vasquez 2018 Drawing fide;