Stelis affinis C.Schweinf. 1951 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Schweinfurth

Common Name The Similar Stelis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Puno Province of Peru at elevations around 2500 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with crowded, short stems enveloped by 3, close tubular sheaths and carrying a single, more or less erect, acute, narrowly ellipitc, to oblong-lanceolate, gradually narrowing below into the indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms on 1 to 3, erect to suberect, much longer than the leaf, to 4" [10 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence with small, shallowly infundibuliform floral bracts and carrying very small, dull yellow, glabrous flowers.

"Similar to Stelis parvula but differs in having less conspicuous floral bracts a narrower dorsal sepal and a smaller lip." Schweinfurth 1951


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Bot. Mus. Leafl. 15: 9 Schweinfurth 1951

Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958 drawing fide;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing good;