Stelis chocoensis O.Duque 2010 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Photo/TYPE Drawing by © Duque and The Epidendra Website


Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Choco Stelis [refers to the location of the orchid]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Choco department of Colombia at elevations around 1300 meters as a small sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, terete, sometimes slightly compressed, toward the apex, somewhat enveloped by 2 short, basal bracts and another above stems carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptic-ovoid, acute and tridenticulate apically, thick, striate leaves that blooms in themlate summerad early fall on erect, fasciculate, various arising through a spathe , arising on the back of the leaf, peduncle short, rachis .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long, several to many flowered inflorescence with cucullate, acuminate, distichous, longer than the pedicel floral bracts.

"This species is characterized by an obtuse, elliptical leaf about as long as the ramicaul, an Inflorescence of several racemes about half as long as the leaf, and small, crowded, purple flowers. The sepals are glabrous to short-pubescent. The petals are three-veined and the lip is type A with a cleft bar, and the dorsum is without callus." Luer 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Orquideología Vol 27 #1 pg 20 Duque 2010 Drawing/photo fide;

Harvard Pap. Bot. 23: 24 Luer & Escobar 2018 Drawing fide