Stelis lindenii Lindl. 1846 SECTION Stelis

Photos/Drawing by Carl Luer

Plant with inflorescence


Photos/Drawing by Oscar Duque

Common Name Linden's Stelis [Belgian Orchidist 1800's]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Merida, Trujillo and Lars states of Venezuela, Antioquia, Cauca and Valle de Cauca departments of Colombia, Carchi, Imbabura, Pichincha, Pataza, Morona-santiago, Azuay and El Oro provinces of Ecuador and Cusco department of Peru in montane forests at elevations around 1000 to 2500 meters as a medium to large sized, cool to cold growing, shortly repepnt epiphtye with erect, stout, clumped ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 basal tubular sheaths and another longer, inflated sheath in the upper third and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, oblong, obtuse, tridenticulate, narrowing below more or less abruptly into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on 1 to several, arising through a spathe, as long to longer than the leaf, to 12" [to 30 cm] long, racemose, distichous, laxly to densely many flowered inflorescence with cucullate, apiculate, as long as to longer than the pedicel floral bracts with folded sides and carrying yellow green or purple flowers witha green or purple central apparatus.

S ochreata was cited by Luer in Icones 2009 as a synonym of S lindenii, but in Harvard Pap. Bot. 23: 160 Luer & Escobar 2018 he admits he made an error and separated them.

Synonyms Stelis grandis Rchb.f 1855;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Orchid. Linden.: 3 Lindley 1846;

Bonplandia (Hannover) 3: 70 Rchb.f 1855 as S grandis;

Fol. Orchid. 8: 2 Lindley 1859 as S ochreata;

Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958 not = S purdiaei;

Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as S grandis not = S purdieaei;

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

Fieldiana, 1st Suppplement to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1970 not = S purdiaei

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz Duque 2008 drawing/photos fide;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Lepanthes of Jamaica Stelis of Ecuador Luer 2009 not = S ochreata

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Lepanthes of Jamaica Stelis of Ecuador Luer 2009drawings not = S ochreata;

Harvard Pap. Bot. 23: 32 Luer & Escobar 2018 Drawing fide

Harvard Pap. Bot. 23: 160 Luer & Escobar 2018 separating S ochreata