Stelis cleistogamoides O.Duque 2010



Photo/TYPE Drawing by © Duque and The Epidendra Website


Common Name The Cleistogama-Like Stelis [Refers to this species similarity to S cleistogama]

Flower Size small

Found in Quindio department of Colombia at elevations around 2100 meters as a small sized, cold growing, prolific epiphyte with an erect, stout ramicaul enveloped by 2 close, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic, obtuse, tridenticulate, cuneate below into the short petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall and early winter on a erect, laxly, secund, 3.8 to 4” [9 to 10 cm] long including the .8” [2 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a small spathe from below the apex of the ramicaul with small, infundibular, shorter than the ovary floral bracts carrying red flowers.

"Similar to S cleistogama but with a prolifoc habit, thin, cochleate petals, the transverse-oblong, lightly pubescent lip, a lightly pubescent column and a bilobulate stigma." Duque 2008


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Orquideología Vol 27 #1 22, 24, 27 Duque 2010 drawing/photo fide