Stelis foetida O.Duque 1997

TYPE DrawingTYPE Photo/TYPE Drawing by © Duque and The Epidendra Website


Common Name The Stinky Stelis [refers to the smelly flowers]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia at elevations around 2300 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a long tubular sheath in the middle third and 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, tridenticulate, contracted below into the sulcate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on 1 to several, erect to arching, distichous, 5.2 to 8" [13 to 20 cm] long including the peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through an apiculate spathe with infundibular, apiculate floral bracts and carrying foul smelling flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideología Vol 20 #3 pg 342–343, pl. 10, 4 Duque 1997 drawing/photo fide;