Stelis venezuelensis Foldats 1968 SECTION Stelis

Drawing by Dunsterville & Garay

Common Name The Venezuelan Stelis

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in northwestern Venezuela at elevations around 2400 to 2450 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-oblong, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on 1 to more?, erect, subcongested, lightly fractiflex, 2" [5 cm] long including the .4 " [1 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a small spathe at the apex of the ramicaul with pinkish brown, cucullate, acute, shorter thyan the ovary floral bracts and carrying dark purple flowers.

Identified by its caespitose habit, its pubescent dark purple flowers, its long excavate lip with an erect puberulent callus and the banded veins of the petals." O Duque 2008


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Acta Bot. Venez. 3: 431 Foldats 1968

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

Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing fide;

Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Dunstervillae & Garay 1979 drawing fide;

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

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz , A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide;