Stelis porpax Rchb.f. 1854 SECTION Stelis

Photo by The Ecuagenera Website


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

Common Name The Shield Grip Stelis

Flower Size .175" [4 mm]

Found in Districto Ferderal of northern Venezuela and Ecuador without locality in montane cloud forests at elevations around 1300 to 1600 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphtye with approximate, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, spathulate, attenuate towards the base into the small, petiolate base leaf that blooms at most any time fo the year on a solitary, arising through a small, acuminate spathe, shorter than the leaf, 1.2 to 2.4" [3 to 6 cm] long including the .4" [1 cm] long peduncle, racemose, distichous, pauciflorus almost down to the base inflorescence with has cucullate, shortly apiculate, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying yellow green flowers.

"Characterized by a fewe flowered raceme that is shorter than the narrowly oblong leaf. The sepals are ovate with the laterals held forward. The broadly undulate lateral sepals are free from each other and when expanded curve upwards. The petals are flabelalte and single veined. The proportionally large, unclassified lip is ovet, aciteconcave and more or less spoon-shaped withou a callus or bar." Luer 2009


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854;

Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 3 Dunsterville and Garay 1965 drawing fide;

AOS Bulletin Vol 36 No 9 1967;

AOS Bulletin Vol 38 No 6 1969;

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

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;

Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo good;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Lepanthes of Jamaica Setlis of Ecuador Part IV Luer 2009

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Lepanthes of Jamaica Setlis of Ecuador Part IV Luer 2009 drawing fide;