Stelis tachirensis Foldats 1968 SECTION Stelis

Drawing by Foldats

Common Name The Tachira Stelis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm] mm]

Found in northwestern Venezuela in cloud forests at elevations around 1800 to 2400 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a 2 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly oblanceolate, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect, arising through a small, tubular spathe at the base of the leaf,slightly fractiflex, to 4.2" [to 10.5 cm] long including the .8 to 2" [2 to 5 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorecence with shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying greenish flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Acta Bot. Venez. 3: 418 Foldats 1968

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

Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing not = S stenophylla;

Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 not = S stenophylla;