Stelis bractescens Garay 1979 SECTION Stelis

Photo by The Sociedad Colombiana de Orquideologia Website


Drawing by Oscar Duque

Common Name The Bracted Stelis

Flower Size

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia in montane forests at elevations of 1800 to 3000 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 3 short, basal sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, broadly elliptic-oblong, striated, obtuse, tridenticulate, narrowing below into the canaliculate petiolate base leaf that blooms on 1 to 3, distichous, to 12" [30 cm] long, including the 2 to 2.8" [5 to 7 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a speathe and has large, navicular, acute floral bracts.

CAUTION I have no way of personally verifying this determination so please use with caution

Synonyms Stelis bracteata Schltr. 1924

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 27: 26 Schlehcter 1924 as S bracteata nom. illeg.

* Bot. Mus. Leafl. 27: 185 Garay 1979;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz Duque 2008 drawing fide