Stelis coriifolia Lindl. 1859 SECTION Stelis

Drawing by Dunsterville

Common Name The Leathery Leafed Stelis [refers to the flower color]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Venezuela in rainforests at elevations around 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, leathery, ovate, rounded apically, abruptly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect, strict, distichous, to 6 [to 15 cm] long including the .8" [2 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with obliquely cucullate, acute, semi-imbricate, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying green to brownish purple flowers.

"The small size and the broad, subsessile leaves of S coriifolia resemble the habit of S caespitosa but S coriifolia has a longer inflorescence and the large floral bracts." O Duque 2008


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Fol. Orchid. 8: 18 Lindley 1859;

Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 4 1966 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 drawing fide;

Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 drawing good;

Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing good