Stelis parviflora (Ruiz & Pav.) Pers. 1807 SECTION Stelis Drawing by Oscar Duque

Deep ShadeCold

Common Name The Small Flowered Stelis

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Amazonas department of Peru at elevations around 3100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect to ascending ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 tubular, slightly dilated sheaths sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-oblong, obtuse, petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect, .8 to 1" [2 to 2.5 cm] long, rachis 1 to 1.2" [2.5 to 3 cm] long, subsecund, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with cucullate, acute, as long as the pedicel floral bracts and carrying glabrous flowers without color dataown.

A small plant from high elevations, its petals are slightly cochleate and its lip is excavate. The lip can be long apiculate to acute.

Synonyms *Humboltia parviflora Ruiz & Pav. 1798

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Syst. Veg. Fl. Peruv. Chil.: 236 Ruiz and Pavon 1798;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz, A Compendium Duque 2008