Stelis cycloglossa Schltr. 1924

Drawing by © Oscar Duque

Common Name The Circular Tongue Stelis

Flower Size

Found in Nariño department of Colombia at elevations of 2000 to 2500 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped almost totally by 3 to 4, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, erect, elliptic-oblanceolate, obtuse, attenuate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on 1 to 2, erect, as long as the leaf, arising through a spathe peduncle short, 1.4 to 2.8" [3.5 to 7 cm] long overall, distichous, laxly flowered mostly simultaneously many inflorescence with cucullate, apiculate, half as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying deep purple, glabrous, flowers.

" S cycloglossa is not a distinctive species, its narrow leaves, subcircular lip and oblong petals amy help in identification." O Duque 2008


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 27: 154 Schlechter 1924;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide;