Stelis scabrida Lindl. 1840 SECTION Stelis

Drawing by E W Smith


Drawing by Oscar Duque

Common Name The Rough Stelis [refers to the scabrous petals and lip]

Flower Size small

Found in the Leeward and Windward Islands on forest trees at elevations around 150 to 650 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, hot to warm growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by a 2 to 3 fibrous sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, elliptic-oblong to elliptic-oblanceolate, obtuse to subacute, tridenticulate, tapering below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms at any time of the year on 1 to 2, arising through a spathe, erect, peduncle 2" [5 cm] long, rachis erect to arching, distichous to subdistichous, crowded above, 2.4" [6 cm] long, mostly simultaneously, many flowered inflorescence with cucullate, shortly apiculate, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying small, glabrous, yellowish green flowers.

"S scabrida is distinguished mostly buy its scabrous petals and lip." O Duque 2008


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Ann. Nat. Hist. 5: 115 Lindley 1840;

Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909;

Flore Descriptive des Antilles Francaises H. Stehle 1939;

Flora of the Lesser Antilles Garay & Sweet 1974 drawing fide;

Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000 drawing fide;

Orquidaeceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide