Stelis pilipapillosa O.Duque 2010 publ. 2011 SECTION Stelis


PhotoTYPE Drawing by © Oscar Duque


Common Name The Pilose-Papillose Stelis [refers to the cloak of pilose to papillose hairs of the sepals, petals and central apparatus]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia at elevations around 2900 to 3200 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, short, slender ramicauls enveloped by two tight sheaths and carrying a single, apical, thickly coriaceous, elliptical-oblong, obtuse, minutely tridenticulate, cuneate below into the shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer on a single, arising through an acute spathe , peduncle .8" [2 cm] long, few bracted, rachis erect, 3.2" [8 cm] long, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with acute, longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying very pale, rose colored, pilose, papillose flowers.

"A small plant with flowers relatively large for the plants size whose sepals, petals lip and column present a mantle of small hairs and papillae. The profoundly concave lip is similat to S angustifolia and the floral bracts are very long and pointed." Duque 2010


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Orquideología 27(2): 136, 142, 144-145 O Duque 2010 drawing fide;