Stelis parvilabris Lindl. 1845 SECTION Humboldtia

Photo by M Rincon


Original Drawing by Dunsterville


Another Drawing

Original Drawings by Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia

Common Name The Small Lipped Stelis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Venezuela and Cauca department of Colombia in montane cloud forests at elevations around 2900 to 3400 meters as a small sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphtye with erect ramicauls almost completely enveloped by 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliprtic-oblong, subacute, tridenticulate, narrowing below intothe petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect, [4 to 9 cm] long, racemose, distichous, subdensely many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe and has cucullate-navicular, acute, shorter than the ovary bracts that cover the pedicel and carrying yellowish green bilabiate flowers.

"A stout plant with bilabiate flowers, thin, oblong petals and a very peculiar labial structure. It is related to S bogotense in the lip structure but this last species is a very small plant." Oscar Duque 2008


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. 15: 385 Lindley 1845;

Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 4 Dunsterville and Garay 1966 drawing fide;

Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Parte 2 Foldats 1970 drawing good;

Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide;

Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing good;

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

LANKESTERIANA 23(2). Karremans, Moreno, Gil-Amaya, Morales, Espinosa, Mesa, Restrepo, Rincon-Gonzales, Serna, Sierra-Ariza and Vieira-Uribe 2023 as Stelis parvilabris photo fide;