Stelis corae Foldats 1968 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Dr Ernesto Foldats

Drawing of S navicularis

Drawing by Dunsterville and The Epidendra Website

Common Name Cora's Stelis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Tachira state of Venezuela at elevations around 2300 to 2500 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing, epiphyte with an erect, very stout, somewhat compressed ramicaul enveloped basally by 2 to 3, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, oblong-elliptic, rounded and minutely tridenticulate, widely cuneate below into the short, petilolate base leaf that blooms on an erect, arising through a spathe from an annulus, 5.2" [13 cm] long including the very short peduncle with 2 to 3 ovate bracts near the base, many flowered inflorescence with large, strongly navicular, dark black puce, longer than the ovary floral bracts.

"Similar to S powellii but the principal difference is the lip that does not have a non dusty, cruciform callus." Foldats 1968

Synonyms Apatostelis corae (Foldats) Garay 1979

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Acta Bot. Venez. 3: 401 Foldats 1968

Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 5 Dunsterville & Garay 1972 as S navicularis drawing fide;

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

Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as S navicularis drawing fide;

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