Stelis fendleri Lindl. 1859 SECTION Stelis

Photo by Pieter Brouwer and his PBase Orchid Photo Website


Photo by Linda & Mikael Karlbom

Another flower, inflorecescence and Plant


Photos/drawing by Oscar Duque

Full shadeWarm Cold WinterSpring Summer

Common Name or Meaning Fendler's Stelis [Venezuelan Orchid Collector 1800's]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Colombia and Venezuela in montane to montane cloud forests at elevations of 1100 to 2700 meters as a miniature to just medium sized, warm to cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with subterete, erect ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 4 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic to elliptic-oblong, subacute and tridenticulate apically, narrowing below into the canaliculate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter spring and summer on 1 to 4, arising through a spathe, racemose, subsecund, 2 to 5" [5 to 12.5 cm] log, laxly to densely many flowered inflorescence with infundibular-cucullate, acute, as long as the ovry floral bracts and carrying yellow-green flowers.

Recognized by the slender habit, its short inflorescnece with greensih floewrs with brown red central apparatus and approximate ramicauls.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Fol. Orchid. 8: 3 (1859;

Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 drawing good;

AOS Bulletin Vol 36 #9 1967;

Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 2 Foldats 1970;

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

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

Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo fide;

Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide