Stelis longipetala O.Duque 1997 SECTION Humboldtia

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Photo/TYPE Drawing by © Duque and The Epidendra Website

Common Name The Long Petal Stelis

Flower Size

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia at elevations around 2500 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing, shortly scandent epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-oblong, obtuse, tridenticulate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on an erect, distichous, loosely, to 3.04" [to 7.6 cm] long including the 1.6" [4 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with cucullate, apiculate floral bracts.

"S. longipetala seems to be an uncommon species which has come to my attention only once. The plant is easy to recognize by its small size, the shortly scandent rhizome, by the almost spherical form of its flowers when closed, by its lax synsepal, by the pubescent area in the dorsal sepal, and by its wide spread petals that make the flower appear, at first sight, like that of a Pleurothallis." O Duque 2008


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Orquideología Vol 20 #3 pg 353–355, pl. 5, f.4–6; pl. 12, f. 2 Duque 1997 drawing/photo fide;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 Drawing fide;

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