Stelis rabei Foldats 1968 SECTION Stelis

Drawing by Dunsterville

TYPE Drawing

Drawing by Foldats

Another Drawing

Drawing by Oscar Duque

Common Name Rabe's Stelis [Orchid Collector in Venezuela 1900's]

Flower Size .06" [1.5 mm]

Found in northwestern Venezuela in cloud forests at elevations around 1900 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2, close fitting tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly linear, subobtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect, distichous, densely, 2.4" [6 cm] long including the .6" [1.5 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe with thin, pale green, short, widely inflated, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying small, greenish, glabrous flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Acta Bot. Venez. 3: 411 Foldats 1968;

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

Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garary 1976 drawing fide;

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;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing ok;