Stelis tenuipetala Garay 1956 SECTION Stelis

Drawing by Oscar Duque

Common Name The Thin Petal Stelis [refers to the petals]

Flower Size

Found in Colombia at elevations of 2000 to 2700 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with clustered, erect ramicauls with two short basal sheaths and a longer separate one in the upper half of the stem and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, slightly rugose, narrowly elliptical, subobtuse and tridenticulate apically, narrowing below into the shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms on 1 to 4, shorter than the leaves and arises through a spathe, 1.6 to 3.6" [4 to 9 cm] long, distichous, densely many flowered inflorescence with cucullate, shortly apiculate shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying small, pale yellow flowers with the sepals and the lip suffused with pink.

"A small plant that grows in shady places and can be recognized by its densely flowered racemes, the back bent dorsals epal, the concave lateals directed forward, its thin petals and its pointed lip." Duque 208


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Canad. J. Bot. 34: 354 Garay 1956 drawing fide;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing good;