Stelis diffusa C.Schweinf. 1942 SUBGENUS Stellata SECTION Monostachyae Garay

TYPE Drawing by Schweinfurth


Drawing by O Duque

Common Name The Diffuse Stelis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Huanuco Province of Peru at elevations around 1850 to 2000 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with crowded, suberect to flexuous stems mostly enveloped by 3, close tubular, evanescent sheaths and carrying a single, more or less erect, ellipitc to oblong-elliptic, obtuse to subacute, cuneate and chartaceous below into the long petiolate base leaf that blooms on 1 to 5, more or less diffuse, usually shorter than the leaf, to 4.8" [12 cm] long, rather loosely several to many flowered inflorescence with small, shallowly infundibuliform floral bracts and carrying very small, greenish white flowers with a reddish center.



References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Bot. Mus. Leafl. 10: 117 C Schweinfurth 1942

Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958 drawing fide;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz Duque 2008 drawing fide