Stelis triangulisepala C.Schweinf. 1951 SUBGENUS Stellata SECTION Disticha eliator alliance Duque 2008 Photo courtesy of Prem Subrahmanyam

Common Name The Triangular Sepal Stelis

Flower Size 1/10" [3 mm]

Found in Peru in wet montane forests on mossy trees at elevations of 750 to 2900 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with erect, terete ramicauls enveloped basally by 3 loose, tubular, acuminate sheaths and carries a single, apical, elliptic-oblong, basally tapering, minutely tridentate apically, coriaceous, gradually nasrrows below into the cuneate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, pedunculate, racemose, to 7 1/5" [18 cm] long, several flowered inflorescence with minute floral bracts.

CAUTION The Photo Matches Bennett & Christenson's and Duque's drawing in most all respects other than the pilose sepals, so this photo determination is quite suspect..

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958 drawing ok; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 582 Bennett & Christenson 1998 drawing good; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008

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