Stelis calotricha Schltr. 1919 Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website

Common Name The Beautifully Haired Stelis [refers to the sepals]

Flower Size .12 [3 mm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Brazil at low elevations as a mini-miniiature sized, hot to warm growing epipjhyte with erect ramoicausl carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, oblong-lanceolate leaf that blooms on an erect, 3" [7.5 cm] long, successively 1 to 3, several flowered inflorecsence.

CAUTION Romero 2000 cites the Dunsterville drawing 1966/1979 as S schmidtchenii instead of S calotricha. They are 2 distinct species.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Brasilense Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing ok; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 5 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 not = S schmidtchenii ; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 not = S schmidtchenii ; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2005 drawing/photo good; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing/photo good