Stelis perparva C.Schweinf. 1935 SECTION Humboldtia

Drawing by O Duque

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by im Thrum/Schweinfurth Held at Kew

Common Name The Very Small Stelis [refers to the plant and the flower]

Flower Size .5" [1.25 cm]

Found in Guyana on the exposed ends of twigs of small trees and bushes as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing caespitose epiphyte with very short ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, tubular, imbricating, evenescent sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, obovate-elliptic to oblanceolate, rounded to subacute, narrowing below into the base leaf that blooms on usually solitary, two to three times longer than the leaf, peduncle filiform, .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long, rachis distichous, secund, to .72" [1.8 cm] long, mosly simultaneously 5 to 11 flowered inflorescence carrying minute, pale greenish yellow flowers with a bright yellow anther.

"Can be recognized by its diminutive size, its long dorsal sepal and its smaller, connate lateral sepals." O Duque 2008


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Orchidaceae Stelis , A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide;

* LANKESTERIANA 20(2) 159 Ossenbach and Jenny 2020 drawing/collection sheet fide.