Stelis fendleri Lindl. 1859 SUBGENUS Stellata SECTION Rhomboidieae fendleri alliance Duque 2008 Photo by Pieter Brouwer and his PBase Orchid Photo Website

Inflorescence Photo by Linda & Mikael Karlbom

Full shadeWarm Cold WinterSpring Summer

Common Name or Meaning Fendler's Stelis [Venezuelan Orchid Collector 1800's]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Colombia and Venezuela in montane to montane cloud forests at elevations of 1100 to 2700 meters as a miniature to just medium sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with subterete, erect ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 4 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic to elliptic-oblong, subacute and tridenticulate apically, narrowing below into the canaliculate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter spring and summer on 1 to 4, racemose, subsecund, 2 to 5" [5 to 12.5 cm] log, laxly to densely many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe with infundibular-cucullate, acute floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list, IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 drawing good; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 #9 1967; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 2 Foldats 1970; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing hmm; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing hmm; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide