Stelis gustavoi O.Duque 1997 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Photo/TYPE Drawing by Duque and The Epidendra Website

Common Name Gustavo's Stelis [Sr Aguirre Colombia Orchid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations of 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect ramciauls enveloped by 2 to 3, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic-oblong, obtuse, tridenticulate, abruptly narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect, disitchous, to 1 to 1.4" [2.5 to 3.5 cm] long, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe at the apex of the ramicaul and has broadly navicular acuminate floral bracts and carrying the flowers on the back of the leaf.

"S. Gustavoi does not seem to be a common species. The plant may be distinguished by its small size, its short scandent rhizome with bifurcate stems, the position of the raceme behind the leaf with few green flowers at the extremity of the scape. The lip is oblong, shortly apiculted and both, the lip and the petals are erose-villous at the surface." O Duque 1997


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Orquideologia Vol 20 #3 pg 348 Duque 1997 drawing/photo fide;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide;