Stenia calceolaris (Garay) Dodson & D.E. Benn. 1989 Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Plant and Flower

Flower Closeup Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding


Common Name The Small Shoe Shaped Lip Stenia

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Peru and Ecuador in very wet montane cloud forests at 1200 to 2200 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphytic, fan-shaped orchid with a very short, clustered leafy stem carrying distichous, thin, oblanceolate to obovate, acute or acuminate, grey-green leaves and blooms in the winter and spring on a arcuate to suberect, axillary, slender inflorescence with a single flower and hyaline, ovate-cucllate floral bracts.

Synonyms *Chaubardiella calceolaris Garay 1969

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 412 Dodson 1982 as Chaubardiella calceolaris drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Peru Plate 0180 Dodson & Bennett 1989 drawing fide; The Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb, Launert 1992 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 26 1584 - 1648 Brieger 1992 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 drawing/photo fide Huntleya and Related Orchids Harding 2008 photo fide; Orchid Species Of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide