Stelis caespitosa Lindl.1837 SECTION Stelis

Photo by Luis Felipe Varella and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website


Drawing by Alfred Cogniaux and

Flora Brasilense vol 3 part 4:tab 83 Cogniaux 1891


Drawing by Oscar Duque

Drawing of Stelis microcaulis

Drawing of Stelis microcaulis by Helmut Seehawer

Common Name The Caespitose Stelis [refers to the plant habit]

Flower Size .12 [3 mm]

Found in Minas Gerais state of Brazil near rivers at elevations of 300 to 500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with erect ramciauls enveloped by 1 to 2 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coricaeous, elliptic-oblong, obtuse, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on a , slender, slightly flexuous, 2.4 to 2.8" [6 to 7 cm] long, including the .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with cucullate floral bracts.

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

Synonyms Stelis microcaulis Barb.Rodr. 1881

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Companion Bot. Mag. 2: 353 Lindley 1837;

Gen. Spec. Orchid. 2: 85 Barb Rodr. 1881 as S microcaulis;

Flora Brasilense vol 3 part 4:367 Cogniaux 1891 as S microcaulis;

Flora Brasilense vol 3 part 4:tab 83 Cogniaux 1891 as S microcaulis drawing fide;

The Organ Mountain Range Its History and its orchids Miller, Warren and Seehauer 2008 as S microcaulis drawing good;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing good