Stelis angustifolia Kunth 1816 SECTION Chamostelis

Plant and FlowersPhotos by Silleteros and The Pflanzen im web Website

Drawing Original Drawing by Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia

Common Name The Narrow Leafed Stelis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 1500 to 2500 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls partly enveloped by 2 to 3, fibrous sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, narrowly elliptic, semi-terete, thick, subacute and tridenticulate apically, gradually narrowing below in to the petiolate base leaf that blooms on 1 to 2, erect, 4 to 5.6" [10 to 14 cm] long, racemose, distichous to subsecund, many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe and has large, cucullate-infundibular scute, imbricate at inception becoming distant floral bracts.

Often considered to be conspecific with S lanata but I, like Garay, consider them separate becasue S lanata is conspicuously pilose, has smaller floral bracts,and the shape of the flower and the labellum have a different form.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz Duque 2008