Stelis micrantha (Sw.) Sw. 1800 SECTION Stelis

Drawing by Oscar Duque


Common Name The Small Stelis

Flower Size

Found in Jamaica, Colombia and Venezuela at elevations around 1800 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with slightly flexuous, compressed towards the apex ramicauls enveloped by a somewhat scarious, obliquely truncate, acuminate sheath and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, oblong-ligulate, acute and minutely tridenticulate, narrowly cuneate into the attenuate petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on to 7, erect, arising through a spathe slightly flexuous, to 9.6" [to 24 cm] long, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with membraneous, carinate dorsally, longer than the ovary floral bracts.

Synonyms Dendrobium micranthum (Sw.) Sw. 1799; *Epidendrum micranthum Sw. 1788; Stelis polystachya Cogn. 1909 nom. illeg.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Prodr. Veg. Ind. Occ.: 125 Sw. 1788 as Epidendrum mcranthum;

Nova Acta Regiae Soc. Sci. Upsal., ser. 2, 6: 84 Sw. 1799 as Dendrobium micranthum; * J. Bot. (Schrader) 1799(2): 240 Sw. 1800;

Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 6: 306 Cogn. 1909;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide