Stelis sellaformis O.Duque 2014 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing

photos/TYPE Drawing by © Oscar Duque

Common Name The Saddle Shaped Stelis

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Risaralda and Valle de Cauca departments of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 1900 to 2000 meters as a small sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 sheaths in the lower 2/3's and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-oblong, obtuse and tridentate, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a single, arising through a spathe from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long, erect, rachis 5.6 to 7.2" [14 to 18 cm] long, disitchous, sparsely mostly simultaneously, many flowered inflorescence with cuculate, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying small flowers with creamy sepals O Duque 2014.

"Close to but separable from Stelis tridactylon by the papillate lip disc." O Duque 2014


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Orquideología 27(2): 156, 161-163. Duque 2010

*Orchids Dept. Valle del Cauca 3: 383 M.Kolanowska & D.L.Szlachetko 2014 drawing fide;