Stelis eublepharis Rchb.f. 1855 SECTION Stelis

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Common Name The Strong Lashes Stelis [refers to the cilia on the petals and sepals]

Flower Size .1" [3 mm]

Found in Antioquia, Risaralda and Santander departments of Colombia, Pichincha, Sucumbios, Imbabura, Napo and Tugurahua provinces of Ecuador, Peru and northwestern Venezuela at elevations around 1200 to 3000 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, tubular, acute to acuminate sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, widely oblanceolate to elliptic-obloanceolate, acute and minutely tridenticulate, narrowly attenuate-cuneate below into the elongate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, arising through a spathe from an annulus below the paex of the ramicaul, subdensely, peduncle .8" [2 cm] long, rachis 1.2 to 2.4" [3 to 6 cm] long, racemose, mostly simultaneously, several flowered, inflorescence with shorter to as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying flowers with cream to light green sepals, green to purple petals and a green to purple lip.

"The habit with the raceme exceedingthe leaf is not remarkable but the sepals are covered by a very fine, long, whote pubescence, some hairs being .04" [1 mm] long. The petalsa are three veined and the lip between Type "B" and "C" is shallowly concave with anobtuse apex and a thick trnasverse bar overlain by an elongated glenion. The depth of the dorsum is finely puberulent as it continues down the back of the blade of the lip." Luer 2009

Synonyms Stelis bruchmuelleri Rchb.f. 1880; Stelis eublepharis var. glabriflora C.Schweinf. 1953

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Bonplandia (Hannover) 3: 240 Rchb.f 1855;

Bot. Mag. 106: t. 6521 Rchb.f 1880 as S bruchmuelleri

Die Orchidaeen Schlechter 1915 as S bruchmuelleri;

Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as S bruchmuelleri drawing fide;

Bot. Mus. Leafl. 16: 3 Schweinfurth 1953 as S eublepharis var glabrfolia;

Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958;

Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958 as S eublepharis var glabriflora;

Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1965 drawing ok;

Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 2 Foldats 1970 drawing ok;

Fieldiana Biology, Vol 33, 1st Supple. to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1970 as S eublepharis var grabrifolia;

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

Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide;

Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 1992 photo fide; Orquideas de Bolivia Vol 1 Vasquez & Ibisch 2000;

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

Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo fide;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide;

Orchid Species Of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo not;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Lepanthes of Jamaica Stelis of Ecuador Part IV Luer 2009

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Lepanthes of Jamaica Stelis of Ecuador Part IV Luer 2009 drawing fide;

Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide;

AOS Bulletin Vol 80 #12 2011 photo fide;

Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo ok;

Harvard Pap. Bot. 23: 147 Luer & Escobar 2018 drawing fide

LANKESTERIANA 23(2). Karremans, Moreno, Gil-Amaya, Morales, Espinosa, Mesa, Restrepo, Rincon-Gonzales, Serna, Sierra-Ariza and Vieira-Uribe 2023 Photo Fide