Stelis bogotensis Schltr. 1924 SECTION Stelis

Drawing by Oscar Duque

Common Name The Bogota Stelis

Flower Size

Found in Cundinamarca department of Colombia at elevations of 2000 to 2500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, terete ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 4, short tubular sheaths maculate in youth and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, erect, oblanceolate, obtuse, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect, arising through an inconspicuous spathe, longer than the leaf, slender, 1.2" [3 cm] long including the peduncle, raceme secund, laxly many flowered inflorescence with cucullate, apiculate, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying small, bilabiate, glabrous, yellowish green flowers.

Schlechter compares this small Stelis to Stelis parvilabris in its flower structure but it is a much larger orchid


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 27: 152 (1924

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide;