Stelis hirtella (Garay) Luer 1981 SECTION Stelis

Photo by Jolie and Jolies Orquidees WebPage


Plant and Flowers

Photo by Takato NATSU from Japan and his Japan Orchids Page


Drawing by Oscar Duque

Deep Shade CoolCold Winter

Common Name The Bristley Stelis

Flower Size .15" [4mm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru? in high montane forests as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 1 to 2, fibrous, dilated sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic-oblong, subobtuse, tridenticulate, attenuate below into the canaliculate, petiolate base leaf and blooms in the winter on 1 to 3, as long as or a bit shorter than the leaf, racemose, distichous, sparsely several flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe and has broadly cucullate, apicaulate, dorsally carinate, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying small, clearish gray-green flowers.

"A small plant with long hairy sepals, a thin concave lip and an entire, unilobed stigma." O Duque 2006

Synonyms *Apatostelis hirtella Garay 1979; Stelis hirta Lindl. 1859

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Fol. Orchid. 8: 3 Lindley 1859 nom. illeg.;

Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958 as S hirta;

Bot. Mus. Leafl. 27: 189 Garay 1979 as Apatostelis hirtella;

* Phytologia 49: 229 Luer 1981

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

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide;

Orchid Species Of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide;

Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide