Stelis clipeus O.Duque 1997 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing

Photo/TYPE Drawing by © Duque and The Epidendra Website


Common Name The Small Sheild Stelis [Refers to flower shape]

Flower Size small

Found in Valle de Cauca department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with an erect, slender ramicaul enveloped mostly by 2 loose, brown tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, obovate, obtuse, tridenticulate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer on a erect, slightly fractiflex, 3.4” [8.5 cm] long including the 1” [2.5 cm] long peduncle, successively to 8 flowered inflorescence with narrowly infundibular, as long as the ovary floral bracts with flowers with pink-gray sepals.

"S. clipeus does not seem to have close relatives. The transverse arrangement of the flowers on the rachis is somewhat similar to those of S. transversalis Ames, but the plants and their floral structure are different." O Duque 1997


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Orquideología Vol 20 #3 pg 333, 338 Duque 1997 drawing/photo fide;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide;