Stelis crassilabia Schltr. 1920 Drawing by © Dunsterville and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Thick Lipped Stelis

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in northwestern Venezuela and Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 1600 to 2500 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter spring and summer on an erect, secund, 4.8” [12 cm] long including the peduncle, mostly simultaneously several flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe with an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul.

Synonyms Stelis simula Schltr. 1920

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 7: 87 Schlechter 1920; Figuren Atlas - Orchideenfloren der südamerkanischen Kordillerenstaaten Schlechter 1929 drawing fide; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 4 1966 Dunsterville & Garay drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 #9 1967; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing ok