Stelis itatiayae Schltr. 1922


Plant and Flower

Photos by © Milan Vágner


Drawing by © Oscar Duque

Part shade HotWarmSpring

Common Name The Itatiay Stelis [An Area of Minas Gerais Brazil]

Flower Size .36" [9 mm]

Found in Minas Gerais, Espirito Santo and Rio de Janiero states of Brazil at elevations of 900 to 1400 meters as a small sized, warm to cool, caespitose growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic-oblong, obtuse, gradually narrowing below into the shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a twice as long as the leaf, racemose, subsecund, erect to slightly flexuous, to 7.2" [18 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence with cucullate-ovate, shortly apiculate, half as long as the pedicellate ovary floral bracts and carrying grayish green to purple flowers.

Closely related to S superbiens a speceis from Central America.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Arch. Jard. Bot. Rio de Janeiro 3: 290 Schlechter1922;

Orchidaceae Brasilense Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing ok;

Orchids of the High Mountain Atlantic Rainforest in SE Brazil Warren & Miller 1994 drawing good/photo good;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008;

The Organ Mountain Range Its History and its orchids Miller, Warren and Seehauer 2008 drawing ok;

Orchidees du Bresil As Orquideas da Serra do Castelo [Espirito Santo Brazil] Chiron & Bolsanello Vol 2 2013 drawing fide/photo fide