Stelis stapedia O.Duque 1997 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Photo/TYPE Drawing by Osacar Duque and The Epidendra Website

Common Name The Arabian Saddle Stirrup Stelis [refers to the callus on the lip and its resemblance to a saddle stirrup]

Flower Size

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 1800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphtye with stout, crowded, erect, slender, ramicauls enveloped by 2 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-oblong, obtuse, tridenticulate, cuneate below into petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, arising through an indistinct spathe, slender, subdistichous, laxly, 2" [5 cm] long including the 1" [2.5 cm] long peduncle, few flowered inflorecence with small, cucullate, obtuse, shperter than the pedicellate ovary bracts and carrying small, purplish flowers with the central apparatus green.

Distinguished by being a small plant with a few flowered raceme and a pointed, concave lip with a raised callus." O Duque 1997


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Orquideología Vol 20 #3 pg 360, 368, 372–373, pl. 8, f. 1–3; pl. 14, f. 2 Duque 1997 photo/drawing fide;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz, A Compendium Duque 2008 Drawing good