Stelis ascendens Lind. 1836 SECTION Isochilae Stelis Original Drawing by Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia


Common Name The Ascending Stelis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru in cloud forests at elevations around 2700 to 3100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with ascending, more or less remote ramicauls partly enveloped by 2 to 3, fibrous sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, erect, oblong elliptic, subacute obtuse gradually narrowing below in to the shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on an erect, subcongested, distichous, twice as long as the leaf, 4 to 10" [10 to 25 cm] long including the 2.4 to 4" [6 to 10 cm] long peduncle, loosely many flowered inflorescence arising from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with acute, oblique floral bracts.

Some references place this species under S jamesonii, I, like Schweinfurth keep them separate.

Synonyms Stelis amoena Luer & Hirtz 2002; Stelis vittata Lindl. 1859

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 drawing ok; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Parte 2 Foldats 1970 as S vittata drawing ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Luer 2002 as S amoena drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 drawing good as S amoena; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz Duque 2008 as a synonym of S jamesonii; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide; Orchidees du Bresil As Orquideas da Serra do Castelo [Espiritu Santo Brazil] Chiron & Bolsanello Vol 2 2013 as S amoena drawing ok