Stelis crassilabia Schltr. 1920 SECTION Stelis

Drawing by © Dunsterville

Common Name The Thick Lipped Stelis

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in northwestern Venezuela and northeastern Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 1600 to 2500 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter spring and summer on an erect, arising through a spathe with an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul, secund, 4.8” [12 cm] long including the peduncle, mostly simultaneously several flowered inflorescence with obliquely cucullate, apiculate, shorer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying greenish purple to blueish purple, glabrous flowers.

"Recognized by its many flowered racemes, large petals with long lower angles, flshy lip and siminutely villous column." O Duque 2008

Synonyms Stelis simula Schltr. 1920

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 7: 87 Schlechter 1920;

Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 7: 93 Schlechter 1920 as S simula;

Figuren Atlas - Orchideenfloren der südamerkanischen Kordillerenstaaten Schlechter 1929 drawing fide;

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

AOS Bulletin Vol 36 #9 1967;

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

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 ok