Stelis purdiaei Lindl.1859 SECTION Stelis

Original Drawing by G C K Dunsterville

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

Common Name Purdie's Stelis [Australian Collector 1800's]

Flower Size .175" [4 mm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Cusco department of Peru in montane cloud forests at elevations around 1900 to 2500 meters as a large sized, cool to cold growing, creeping to caespitose epiphtye with clumped, erect, elongate ramicauls basally enveloped by 2 short, common, shaggy sheaths and another longer in the upper 1/3 carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, oblong, to retuse and tridenticulate apically, cuneate below in tothe conduplicate petiolate base leaf that blooms on one to many, to 14" [25 cm] long, racemose, erect, distichous, densely many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe with obliquely infundibular, acute, just shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying yellowish green to purple flowers.

This is one of the tallest Stelis, plants coming in at 28" [70 cm] tall


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Fol. Orchid. 8: 5 Lindley 1859;

Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958 as S lindenii;

Fieldiana, 1st Suppplement to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1970 as S lindenii = S purdiaei;

Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as S grandis not drawing ok;

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

Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo ok;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing hmm