Stelis violacea Garay 1956 SECTION Stelis

Drawing by Dunsterville & Garay

Common Name The Violet Stelis

Flower Size .02" [5 mm]

Found in Cauca department of Colombia in montane forests at elevations around 2400 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with an erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by 1 to 2 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-oblong, obtuse, attenuate below into the conduplicate petiolate base leaf that blooms on one to several, erect, slender, slightly flexuous, distichous, laxly, 3.6" [9 cm] long including the 2" [5 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously several flowered inflorescence with cucullate, infundibular, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying pale brownish flowers that have very dark violet-maroon margins with darker to greenish veins.

"A small plant with a slender, laxly flowered raceme, the flowers bilabiate, violet brown and very large for the sized of the plant." Duque 2008


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Canad. J. Bot. 34: 355 Garay 1956;

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

Orchids of Venezuela An illustrated field guide Vol. 3 Dunsterville and 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;