Stelis cuculligera Schltr. 1924

Collection Sheet by © Yenez Mexia At Kew


Common Name The Hood Bearing Stelis [refers to the lip shape]

Flower Size

Found in Nariño department of Colombia and Carchi province of Ecuador in rain or cloud forests at elevations around 3000 meters as a medium sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout, elongate ramicauls enveloped by several elongated tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, oblong, subobtuse, with a small apicule, gradually narrowing below into the base leaf that blooms in the later summer on 1 to 2, erect, peduncle [11 to 13 cm] long, rachis 4.4" [26 cm] long, including the peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered arched, subsecund, subdense, many flowered inflorescnece inflorescence with amply ovate acuminate, slightly shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying large bron flowers.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 27: 27 Schlechter 1924

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz Duque 2008