Stelis lentiginosa Lindl. 1859


photo in Ecuador by Alexander Hirtz

Another Flower

Photo by Joost Risken and His Flickr Orchid Photo Page

Drawing Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Freckled Stelis

Flower Size .2" [.5cm]

Found in Santander and Cundinamarca departments of Colombia, Pichincha province of Ecuador, Peru? and northwestern Venezuela? at elevations around 2700 to 2900 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with an abbreviated stem enveloped basally by 2 to 3, scarious, tubular, acute sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, oblong-elliptic, subacute, gradually narrowing below into the elongated petilolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and fall on an erect, through a spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 1.2" [3 cm] long, rachis 2 to 3" [5 to 6 cm] long, loosely, successively few, several flowered inflorescence with infundibular, acuminate, oblique, longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying unknown colored flowers.

"A small plant less that 2" [5 cm] tall and witha reaceme that esceeds the narrow leaf. The sepals are glabrous and broadly ovate, the petalsa re single veined and the lip, a discoid varitation of type "B", is shallowly concave and pyriform in outline with the apex broadly rounded. The length of the lip is what appears to be thickeness. the depth is the distance from the base to the tip." Luer 2009

"This uncommon little species is little more than a small variation of Stelis jamesonii Lindl. It is distinguished by a smaller, more delicate habit, and a shorter inflorescence with a congested raceme of flowers with short pedicels. The shallowly concave, subdiscoid lip is similar to that of S. jamesonii." Luer 2018

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Fol. Orchid. 8: 8 Lindley 1859

Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 5 Dunsterville & Garay 1972 drawing not = S ascendens;

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

Fieldiana Biology, Vol 33, 1st Supple. to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1970;

Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing not = S ascendens;

Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing not = S ascendens;

Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo good;

Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo fide;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing good;

Orchid Species Of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Lepanthes of Jamaica Stelis of Ecuador Part IV Luer 2009

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Lepanthes of Jamaica Stelis of Ecuador Part IV Luer 2009 drawing fide;

Harvard Pap. Bot. 23: 153 Luer & Escobar 2018 drawing fide

LANKESTERIANA 23(2). Karremans, Moreno, Gil-Amaya, Morales, Espinosa, Mesa, Restrepo, Rincon-Gonzales, Serna, Sierra-Ariza and Vieira-Uribe 2023 photo fide;