Stelis allenii L.O. Williams 1942 SECTION Humboldtia Photo courtesy of Andy's Orchids Copyright 2002 All rights reserved.

Another flower Angle Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding


Common Name or Meaning Allen's Stelis [American Orchid Enthusiast and original Collector of species]

Flower Size 1/2" + [1.25 cm+]

Found in Panama, Ecuador and Bolivia at elevations of 300 to 950 meters as a small to medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with an erect stem enveloped completely by 2 to 3, loose, evanescent sheaths and carrying a single, leathery, elliptic to elliptic-oval, acute or obtuse leaf that has a basal short petiole that blooms at any time of the year but mostly in the spring, on 1 to several, 12" [30 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence that has flowers down to the base and has large cucullate sheaths and infundibuliform bracts with the largest, nodding flowers of the genus.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 6 1958; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz, Compendium Duque 2008 OK; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide;