Stelis drosophila Barb. Rodr. 1859

SUBGENUS Stellata SECTION Disticha eliator alliance Duque 2008 Photos by © Milan Vágner

Plant Photo courtesy of Oliver Lenhard and his Orchideen Website


Common Name The Dew-Loving Stelis

Flower Size .1" [2 mm]

Found in Venezuela, Guyana, Surinam and Brazil at elevations of 1100 to 1200 meters as a miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 1 to 2, tubular, scarious sheaths and carrying a single, apicall erect, linear-lanceolate to linear-oblanceolate, obtuse to acute and minutely tridenticulate, gradually narrowing below into the elongate, attenuate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring on an erect, 1.4 to 3" [3.5 to 7.5 cm] long, many flowers start from near the base, racemose inflorescence arising through a conduplicate, spathe.

Said to be a synonym of Stelis intermedia but I will leave them separate pending more information.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 drawing ok; Orchidaceae Brasilense Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing ok; Orchids of the High Mountain Atlantic Rainforest in SE Brazil Warren & Miller 1994 drawing/photo ok; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 as S intermedia; The Organ Mountain Range Its History and its orchids Miller, Warren and Seehauer 2008 drawing fide;