Stelis flacca Rchb.f. 1855 SECTION Humboldtia

photo by The Orquideologia Website

Common Name The Weak Stelis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Colombia and Peru in cloud forests at elevations of 1600 to 2000 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on 1 to 2, erect, slightly fractiflex, distichous, loose, 3.6 to 5.2" [9 to 13 cm] long including the .68 to 1" [1.7 to 2.5 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe with cucullate, acuminate red floral bracts.

CAUTION I cannot verify this determination as the photo does not allow detail to the central apparatus so please use with caution!

Synonyms Stelis alismifolia Lindl. 1859

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing ok; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 as S cf flacca photo not