Stelis filiformis Lindl. 1859 SUBGENUS Stellata SECTION Rhomboidieae fendleri alliance Duque 2008 Photo by Dalton Holland Baptista and Orchidstudium

Deep shade

Common Name The Filiform Stelis [refers to the thin inflorescence]

Flower Size .1" [2.5mm]

Found in Venezuela, Bolivia and Brazil as a miniature sized epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carryung a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptic-oblong, obtuse, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on a filiform, slightly flexuous, [9 to 11 cm] long, racemose, multiflowered inflorescence arsing from a small acute spathe carrying flowers from the base to the tip of the stem

CAUTION!! The photo does not correspond to the drawing in Duques Compendium so please use with caution!


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Venezuelana Vol 15 Parte 2 Foldats 1970 drawing hmm; Orchidaceae Brasilensis Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing hmm; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 1 Pleurothallidiane Vasquez & Ibisch 2000; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz; A Compendium Duque 2008