Stelis dialissa Rchb.f. 1855 SECTION Humboldtia Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website

Common Name The Beautiful Stelis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Colombia and Ecuador at elevations around 2800 to 3300 meters as a small sized, a cold growing epiphyte with ascending, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and earlier winter on an erect, subdense, distichous, 6 to 14" [15 to 35 cm] long including the 3.2 to 6" [8 to 15 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously several, many flowered inflorescence arising laterally from below the apex of the ramicaul with acute, acuminate floral bracts.

Synonyms Dialissa pulchella Lindl. 1845; Pleurothallis pristis F.Lehm. & Kraenzl. 1899

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 8: 453 Schlechter 1910; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 8 449 - 512 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1976 as Dialyssa pulchella; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide;