Stelis cucullata Ames 1923 SECTION Stelis

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Plant and Flower


Drawing by Dunsterville

Common Name The Cucullate Stelis

Flower Size

Found in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Venezuela in rain or cloud forests at elevations around 100 to 1500 meters as a miniature to small sized, hot to cool growing, caespiitose epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by several elongated tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, linear-oblanceolate, obtuse, apiculate, narrowing below into the base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, slender, 4.4" [11 cm] long, including the peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence and has obliquely infundibular, scarious, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts and carrying yellowish flowers.

Closely allied to Stelis perplexa but differs in part in the differently shaped, smooth sepals." Ames 1924


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Schedul. Orchid. 6: 52-53 Ames 1923;

AOS Bulletin Vol 33 #8 1964;

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

AOS Bulletin Vol 36 #9 1967;

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

Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 1278 Hamer 1985 drawing good;

Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide;

AOS Bulletin Vol 55 No 6 1986 drawing fide;

Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide;

Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003;

Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Fernandez 2003 photo good;

Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz Duque 2008 drawing ok