Stelis sanguinea Garay 1956 SECTION Stelis

Drawing by Oscar Duque

Common Name The Bloody Stelis [refers to the flower color]

Flower Size

Found in Caldas department of Colombia at elevations around 3135 meters as a small sized, cold growing, ascending epiphyte with a simple or proliferating, erect, rather stout ramicauls enveloped by a 2 to 3, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic-oblong, subacute, tridenticulate, attenuate below into the base leaf that blooms on a single, arising through a pointed spathe, peduncle .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long, rachis erect, 4.8 to 5.2" [12 to 13 cm] long, distichous, laxly, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with infundibular-lanceolate, dark red margins, acute, much shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying large, bilabiate, dark purple red flowers.

"A rhizomatose plant with dark red colored flowers and a pointed lip." O Duque 2008


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Canad. J. Bot. 34: 354 Garay 1956 drawing fide

Orquidaeceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide