Stelis humilis Lindl. 1859 SECTION Stelis


Plant and flowers

Photos by The Species Identification Taskforce Website


Drawing by Dunsterville

Common Name The Low Stelis [refers to the location on trees this orchid prefers]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Aragua, Lara, Merida and Miranda states of northern Venezuela as a mini-miniature sized, caespitose epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheathand carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, obtuse, tridenticulate, cuneate below into the channeled petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter, spring and summer on an erect, arising from the apex of the ramicaul, terete, pale green, to 1.6" [4 cm] long including the .6" [1.5 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously to 30 flowered inflorescence and has pale very small, shorter to as long as the ovary floral bracts.

Synonyms Stelis calceolus Schltr. 1919; Stelis cymbiformis Lindl. 1859; Stelis sphaerochila Lindl. 1859

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Fol. Orchid. 8: 10 Lindley 1859; Fol. Orchid. 8: 11 Lindley 1859 as S cymbiformis; Fol. Orchid. 8: 13 Lindley 1859 as S sphaerochila;

Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 6: 34 Schelchter 1919 as S calceolus;

Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 Drawing fide;

AOS Bulletin Vol 36 #9 1967;

Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 drawing fide;

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

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

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide;