Stelis dussii Cogn. 1909 SUBGENUS Stellata SECTION Monostachyae


Photo by Richard Gautier and His Orchid Website


Drawing by Garay & Sweet and Flora of the Lesser Antilles Garay & Sweet 1974

Common Name Duss' Stelis [Antillan Orchid Collector late 1800's early 1900's]

Flower Size .28" [7 mm]

Found in Guadeloupe at elevations around 500 to 1000 meters as a miniature sized, warm growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped partially by 1 to 2 scarious sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic-lanceolate, subobtuse to tridenticulate, tapering below into the elongate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer through winter on 1 to 3, arising through a compressed, acuminate spathe, erect, distichous, slightly flexuous, peduncle .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long, rachis .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long, loosely several flowered inflorescence with cucullate, acuminate shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying small, greenish to purplish-greenish flowers.

Related to S pauciflora but the sepals and petals are different.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI:389 Orchidaceae Urban Cogniaux 1909;

Flore Descriptive des Antilles Francaises H. Stehle 1939;

Flora of the Lesser Antilles Garay & Sweet 1974 drawing ok;

Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000;

Orchidaceae Stelis , A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing ok