Stelis perpusilliflora Cogn. in I.Urban 1909 SECTION Stelis

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Drawing by Oscar Duque


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Common Name The Very Small Flowered Stelis

Flower Size minute

Found in The Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, the Leewards and the Windward Islands in montane forests at elevations around 650 to 1100 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls with a sheath on the middle and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, obovate, obtuse to subobtuse, tapering below into the elongate, petiolate base leaf that blooms at most any time of the year on 1 to 4, arising through a spathe erect, sessile, distichous, slightly flexuous, to 2.4" [to 6 cm] long, mostly simultaneously, densely many flowered inflorescencewith cucullate, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying very small, greenish to yellowish, glabrous flowers.

Distantly related to S aprica but recognized by its origin, its very small flowers and its pointed concave lip." O Duque 2008

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909;

Flore Descriptive des Antilles Francaises H. Stehle 1939;

Flora of the Lesser Antilles Garay & Sweet 1974 drawing fide;

Moscosoa 4: 190 Dod 1986;

An Orchid Flora of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Ackerman 1995;

Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000;

Orchidaceae Stelis , A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing ok