Stelis brevilabris Lindl. 1845 SECTION Humboldtia Photo by Alexander Hirtz

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


Common Name The Short Lipped Stelis

Flower Size .15" [3 mm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru in cloud forests at elevations around 2500 to 3000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with a shortly repent rhizome and prolific, erect ramicauls partially enveloped by tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptic-oblong, coriaceous, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer, fall and early winter on a to 3.4" [8.5 cm] long, racemose, secund, many flowered inflorescence arising through a small spathe with cucullate, acuminate floral bracts that cover the pedicel.

Synonyms Dialissa inversa (Schltr.) Brieger 1976; Stelis inversa Schltr. 1921; Stelis serpens Luer & Hirtz 2002

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten IV Peru Schlechter 1921 as S inversa; Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958 as S inversa; Fieldiana Botany Orchids of Peru Vol 33 1st supplement Schweinfurth 1970; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 8 449 - 512 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1976 as Dialyssa inversa; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Luer 2002 as S serpens; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 as Stelis serpens drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Luer 2002 as Stelis serpens drawing fide; Orchidaceae Stelis A Compendium Swartz Duque 2008 ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009;