Stelis franciscana O.Duque 1997 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Photo/TYPE Drawing by © Duque and The Epidendra Website


Common Name Francisco's Stelis [Sr Villegas Colombian Orchid Nurseryman current]

Flower Size

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia in cloud forest at elevations around 2200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, shortly repent epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 3 fibrous sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, oblong, obtuse, tridenticulate, narrowly below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall and early winter on an erect, arising through a long spathe, slender, 9.6" [to 24 cm] long including the 7.6" [19 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously several flowered inflorescence with navicular-cordate, oblique, acute, longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying irregulaily arranged, reddish-pink flowers with yellowish towards the apex of the sepals.

Distinguished by the rhizomatose plant with a very long inflorescence with flowers at the extremity of the raceme, a mucronate lip and a puberulent column." O Duque 2008


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Orquideología Vol 20 # 3 pg 343, 346–347, 350, pl. 11, 1 Duque 1997 drawing/photo fide;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide;