Stelis filiformis Lindl. 1859 SECTION Stelis

Photo by Dalton Holland Baptista


Drawing by Oscar Duque

ISOTYPE Collection Sheet

Collection sheet determined by E A Christenson

Deep shade

Common Name The Filiform Stelis [refers to the thin inflorescence]

Flower Size .1" [2.5mm]

Found in Venezuela, Bolivia and Amazonas state of Brazil as a miniature sized, caespitose epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carryung a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptic-oblong, obtuse, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect, arsing from a small acute spathe, filiform, slightly flexuous, 3.6 to 4.4" [9 to 11 cm] long, racemose, multiflowered inflorescence with cucullate, acute or shortly apiculate, longer to as long as the ovary floral bracts carrying greenish, glabrous flowers from the base to the tip of the stem.

CAUTION!! The photo does not correspond to the drawing in Duque's Compendium so please use with caution!


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Fol. Orchid. 8: 6 Lindley 1859;

Flora Venezuelana Vol 15 Parte 2 Foldats 1970 drawing hmm;

Orchidaceae Brasilensis Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing hmm;

Orchids of Bolivia Vol 1 Pleurothallidiane Vasquez & Ibisch 2000;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz; A Compendium Duque 2008