Stelis latisepala C.Schweinf. 1961 SECTION Stelis

Drawing by Dunsterville

Common Name The Broad Sepal Stelis [refers to the sepal margin]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Colombia and Bolivar state of Venezuela in dense elfin forests and in dwarf rainforests at elevations around 1500 to 2200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing, caespitose epiphtye with a very short ramicaul carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate to narrowly ovate, rounded to obtuse, gradually narrowed below into the base leaf that blooms on an ascending to erect, from below the apex of the ramicaul, pale green, 3.2" [8 cm] long including the filiform, peduncle, mostly simultaneously several flowered inflorescence with small, thin, translucent cream, shorter than the pedicellate ovary floral bracts and carrying dark brownish red flowers.

A very small plant with a relatively long floral spike of roundish flowers with large broad sepals, conical petals and long stigmatic arms directed obliquely downwards." O Duque 2008


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Bot. Mus. Leafl. 19: 199 C Schweinfurth 1961

Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 4 Dunsterville and Garay 1966 drawing fide;

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

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

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

Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing fide;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing good;