Stelis longirepens Carnevali & J.L.Tapia 2000 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Dunsterville

Common Name The Long Repent Stelis

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Cauca department of COlmbia and Carabobo state of Venezuela in cloud forests at elevations around 700 to 1100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing, long-repent epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls carrying a single, apical, erect, fleshy, narrowly ovate, acute, with an apical mucro, narrowing below into the deeply conduplicate petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect to suberect, much longer than the leaf, to 2.8" [to 7 cm] long including the shorter peduncle, subsecund, laxly, succcessivly few, many flowered inflorescence with pale yellow brown flecked with maroon-pink, longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying yellow brown, glabrous flowers abaxially flecked with maroon-pink.

"A single, many-flowered raceme far exceeds a small, elliptical leaf. The sepals are yellow, glabrous, ovate, about 3 mm long, 3-veined, expanded and free nearly to the base. The petals are thin and 1-veined. The lip is concave below the bar and broadly obtuse with a small, obtuse apiculum." Luer 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

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

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 Drawing fide;

Harvard Pap. Bot. 23: 155 Luer & Escobar 2018 drawing fide