Stelis antennata Garay 1979 SECTION Stelis

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Plant and Flowers

Photos by Rebecca Repasky © and The Atrium Website


Drawing by Roberto Vasquez ©

Common Name The Antenna Stelis [refers to the petals elongate apices]

Flower Size .18” [4.5 mm]

Found in Cochabamba department of Bolivia and Peru in tall cloud forests at elevations around 1800 to 3051 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with suberect, terete ramicauls enveloped completely by 2 large, adpressed, infundibuliform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, oblong, tridenticulate, fleshy, rigid, attenuate below into the base leaf that blooms in the spring and summer on an arching, to 4.8" [12 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence.

"Distinguished by the large floral bracts, elongate pedicellate ovary and the fleshy petals with filamentous apices." Dodson & Vasquez 1989

Similar to both S. ballatrix Luer & R.Vásquez and Stelis saltatrix Luer & R.Vásquez 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 379 Dodson & Vasquez 1989;

Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide;

Orquideas de Bolivia Vol 1 Vasquez & Ibisch 2000 drawing fide/photo good;

* Selbyana 32(1,2): 14 Luer & Vasquez 2018

Selbyana 32(1,2): 129 Luer & Vasquez 2018 Drawing fide