Stelis quinquenervia C.Schweinf. 1943 SECTION Stelis

Photo by Philipp Weigell and The Wikipedia Website


Drawing by Oscar Duque

Common Name The Five Nerved Stelis

Flower Size

Found in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru in humid montane forests at elevations around 2200 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing, creeping epiphyte with an ascending, creeping rhizome giving rise to erect, stout ramicauls enveloped mostly by 3 tubular, fibrous sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, oblong-elliptic to elliptic-lanceolate, subobtuse to rounded, tridenticulate, cuneate below into the channeled, petiolate base leaf that blooms on 1 to 2, arching, distichous, laxly to densely, to 8.8" [22 cm] long including the 1.2" [3 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe with infundibular, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying large yellow to reddish flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Revista Acad. Colomb. Ci. Exact. 5: 349 C Schweinfurth 1943

Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958;

Orquideas de Bolivia Vol 1 Vasquez & Ibisch 2000 photo ok;

Orchids of Bolivia Vol 2 Laelinae Vasquez and Ibisch 2004;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing ok;