Stelis sanluisensis Foldats 1968 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Foldats

Common Name The Sierra San Luis Stelis [A mountain and town in northern Venezuela]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Falcon and Carabobo states of Venezuela at elevations around 600 to 1400 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with an erect stem enveloped by 2, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, erect, very thick, narrowly oblanceolate, subacute to obtuse, minutely tridenticulate, attenuate into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on 1 to 2, arising through an ovate, acute, concave spathe, 1.2 to 3.6" [3 to 9 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence with ovate, acute to shortly acuminate, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying glabrous flowers.

Identified by its minature sized plant with narrow leaves and sepals, rhmboid petals and its subquadrate deeply excavate lip with a thicj lamina that covers part of the excavation and si shortly villous at its anterior edge." O Duque 2008


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Acta Bot. Venez. 3: 414 Foldats 1968

Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 segunda parte Foldats 1969 drawing fide;

Orquidaeceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing