Stelis rhomboidea Garay 1956 SECTION Stelis

Photo by M Rincon


Drawing by Carl Luer


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

Common Name The Rhomboid Stelis

Flower Size .3" [8 mm]

Found in Cundinamarca department of Colombia in montane cloud forests at elevations around 2800 to 2900 meters as a just small sized, cold growing, caespitose or from a short rhizome epiphtye with slender, erect, ramicauls basally enveloped by 2 to 3 sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic-oblong, obtuse and tridenticulate apically, narrowing below in to the petiolate base leaf that blooms on a solitary, arising through a compressed spathe, to 4.8" [12 cm] long, racemose, erect, distichous, laxly few flowered inflorescence with beaked downward at the apiculate apex, cucullate, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying dark purple flowers.

A small plant with a slender, few flowered inflorescence with beaked floral bracts, a long, rhomboid lip, and suborbicular single veined petals. Similar to S rhombilabia.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 Drawing ok;

Harvard Pap. Bot. 23: 41 Luer & Escobar 2018 drawing fide;

LANKESTERIANA 23(2). Karremans, Moreno, Gil-Amaya, Morales, Espinosa, Mesa, Restrepo, Rincon-Gonzales, Serna, Sierra-Ariza and Vieira-Uribe 2023 photo fide;