Stelis striolata Lindl. 1859 SECTION Stelis

Photo by Alex Reynolds and the ORCHIDS of MAQUIPUCUNA Website

Drawing

Drawings

Drawings by Carl Luer

Common Name The Striolate Stelis [refers to the sepals in a dried state are dark brown with the leanear veins slightly elevated and yellow]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia, Pichincha, Cotopaxi, El Oro, Azuay, Loja and Zamora Chinchipe provinces of Ecuador and Huanuco and Cajamarca departments of Peru in montane forests and scrubby dwarf forest fields at elevations of 2000 to 3000 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing, caespitose epiphyte or terrestrial with slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 4, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, erect, elliptic-oblong, subacute to obtuse, tridenticulate apically, gradually narrowing below into the channeled petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on 2 to several, fasciculate, 2.4 to 8" [6 to 20 cm] long including the very short peduncle, distichous to subsecund, laxly to densely, mostly simultaneously many flowered, racemose inflorescence arising through a spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with cuculate-acuminate, just shorter to as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying strongly scented flowers with yellow sepals and a purple central apparatus.

"Distinguished by the large, densely caespitose habit with ramicauls longer than the narrowly ovate, petiolate leaves. A few very congested racemes of small flowers more or les equal the leaf in leangth. The sepals are glabreous with the laterals more or less held forward. The petals are three veined and the lip is type "A".

Synonyms Stelis exilipes Schltr. 1924; Stelis macropoda Schltr. 1920

CAUTION Not conclusive, Need more information and better photo to determine for sure.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Fol. Orchid. 8: 4 Lindley 1859

Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 7: 89 Schlechter 1920 as S macropoda;

Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 27: 28 Schlechter 1924 as S exilipes;

Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958 as S gracilispica;

Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958 as S gracilispica drawing fide;

Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958;

Fieldiana; 1st supplement to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1970;

Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 2 Foldats 1970 drawing ok;

Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 4 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 drawing ok;

Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Parte 2 Foldats 1970 drawing ok;

Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing ok;

Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing ok;

Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 as S gracilispica drawing/photo ok;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing good;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Lepathes of Jamaica Stelis of Ecuador Part IV Luer 2009

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Lepathes of Jamaica Stelis of Ecuador Part IV Luer 2009 drawing good;

Harvard Pap. Bot. 23: 34 Luer & Escobar 2018 as S macropoda Drawing fide

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