Stelis carcharodonta Carnevali & G.A.Romero 2001 SECTION Humboldtia

TYPE Drawing by Dunsterville

Common Name The Shark Tooth Stelis [refers to the dorsal sepals shaped like a shark teeth]

Flower Size

Found in Tachira state of Venezuela at elevations around 1900 metes as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with terete ramicauls bearing 2 sheaths and carrying a single, apical, mid nerve sulcate, dorsally unmarked, narrowly linear, acute, gradually narrowing below intot he base leaf that blooms on a suberect, arising from the base of the leaf, peduncle short, to 3.2" [8 cm] long overall, distichous, densely many flowered inflorescence

"Similar to S longipetala but differs in the caespitose habit instead of shortly repent, the oblong leaves vs elliptical, the short petals and the profundly concave lip." Carnevali and Romero 2001


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Orchids Venezuela, ed. 2: 1146 Carnevali & G.A.Romero 2001 drawing fide