Stelis concinna Lindl. 1834 SECTION Stelis

Plant and Inflorescence Both shots in situ on small mossy tree trunk in Valle de Cocora, Quindio, Colombia 2800 meters 5/08

Photos by Jay Pfahl


Common Name The Pretty Stelis

Flower Size 1/8" [3.2 mm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia on small branches of smaller, moss covered trees close to the ground as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte at elevations of 1800 to 3000 meters with abreviated stems enveloped by tubular, evanescent non-foliaceous sheaths and carrying a single, apical, oval to suborbicular, to round obovate, subacute to rounded apically, marginate, abruptly narrowed below into the short, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on 1 to 2, filiform, erect, longer than the leaf, to 3.2" [to 8 cm] long including the 1.2 to 1.4" [3 to 3.5 cm] long peduncle, strongly fractiflex rachis, racemose, 8 to 12, successively flowered inflorescence with very small, hairy margined flowers.

SEE ALSO Stelis flexuosa which is said to be conspecific and the giant version of S concinna, Stelis flexuosissima

Synonyms Stelis capillipes Rchb.f. 1855; Stelis longihirta Luer & Hirtz 2002; Stelis perlaxa Schltr. 1915

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855 as S capillipes; Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 5 Dunsterville & Garay 1972 drawing not = S norae; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing not = Stelis norae; Orquideas de Bolivia Vol 1 Vasquez & Ibisch 2000; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Luer 2002 as S longihirta drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo fide; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide/photo ok; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 as S perlaxa; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 as S longihirta photo hmm; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 photo fide