Stelis cupuligera Rchb.f. & Warsz. 1854

SUBGENUS Stelis Duque 2008

Plant and Flowers Photos by S Manning and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

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

Common Name The Cupped Stelis [refers to the floral bracts and flowers]

Flower Size .3" [8 mm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru at elevations around 2000 meters as a small to just medium sized, cool growing epiphtye or lithophyte with an erect, stout ramicaul enveloped by 2 basal sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptic-oblong, coriaceous, main vein sulcate, subacute and tridenticulate apically, tapering below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on 1 to 2, erect, 10.8" [to 27 cm] long, racemose, subdistichous, laxly many flowered inflorescence arising through a conduplicate spathe and has cupulate, triangular, infundibular, acute floral bracts.

I am not positive with this determination so please use with caution.

Many references put this species as a synonym of S purpurea

Synonyms Stelis densiflora Lindl.1859

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Bonplandia Rchb.f & Wars. 1854; Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958; Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958 as S densiflora; Fieldiana Botany Vol 33 1st Supplement to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1970; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 5 Dunsterville & Garay 1972 not = S aviceps; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing not = S aviceps; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz Duque 2008 drawing ok