Stelis triangularis Barb.Rodr. 1881 SECTION Stelis

Plant and flowers

Photos by Orquideas da Mata Atlantica Website


Drawing by Duque

Common Name The Triangular Stelis [refers to the lip]

Flower Size

Found in Rio de Janiero state of Brazil at elevations around 1300 to 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with an erect, slender ramicaul carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, contracted below into the slender petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring on an erect, arising througha spathe, slender, wiry, upward curving, peduncle short, rachis 4" [10 cm] long, distichous, subsecund, laxly, mostly simultaneously, 6 to 16 flowered inflorescence with cucullate, shortly apiculate, shorter to as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying large, clear green suffused with cler purple toward the center flowers.

Synonyms Stelis triangularis var. longipedunculata Cogn. 1896

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Gen. Spec. Orchid. 2: 91 Barb Rodr. 1881;

Fl. Bras. 3(4): 363 Cogniaux 1896

Fl. Bras. 3(4): 363 Cogniaux 1896 as S triangularis var longipedunculata;

Orchidaceae Brasilense Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing ok;

Orchids of the High Mountain Atlantic Rainforest in southeastern Brazil Miller & Warren 1994 drawing good;

The Organ Mountain Range Its History and its orchids Miller, Warren and Seehauer 2008 drawing good;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing good;