Stelis pygmaea Cogn. 1909

Photo by Guezennec and The Images Of Guadelopupe Orchids Website


Photo by Dunsterville

Common Name The Pygmy Stelis [refers to the size of the plant]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, the Leeward Islands, the Windward Islands, French Guiana and Venezuela at elevations of 450 to 650 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 1 to 2 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly linear-elliptical, acute, tridenticulate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, slender, .4 to 1" [1 to 2.5 cm] long including the .4" [ to 1 cm] long peduncle, successively few flowered inflorescence with scarious, tubular, acuminate, floral bracts and carrying greenish white to greenish yellow flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Symb. Antill. 6: 390 Cogn 1909

Flor Descriptive Des Antilles Francaises H Stehle 1939;

Flora of the Lesser Antilles Garay & Sweet 1974;

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

Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as S trichorhachis not drawing good;

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

Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000;

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

Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing ok;