Stelis lutea Lindl. 1859 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Oscar Duque

Common Name The White Stelis

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Venezuela and Colombia in mntane forests at elevations around 1800 to 2000 meters as a small sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, tubular sheaths amd carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic-oblong, subobtuse, narrowing below into the attenuate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, arisingthrough a small, compressed spathe, longer than the leaf, to 2.8" [to 21 cm] long including the peduncle 4" [10 cm] long, distichous, mostly simultaneously, many flowered inflorescence with cucullate, obtuse to acuminate, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying yellowish-green flowers.

Synonyms Stelis hennisiana Schltr. 1912

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Fol. Orchid. 8: 7 Lindley 1859;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 Drawing fide;