Stelis grossilabris Rchb.f. 1881 NO PHOTO

Common Name The Thick Lipped Stelis

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Bolivar Venezuela in elfin forests at elevations of 1250 to 1850 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect ramciauls enveloped by 2 to 3, loose, acuminate sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic-oblong, obtuse to rounded gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall, winter and spring on an erect, to 6" [15 cm] long, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe at the apex of the ramicaul and carrying flat flowers that all face in one direction and have acuminate floral bracts.

Synonyms Apatostelis grossilabris (Rchb.f.) Garay 1979

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 #8 1964; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol. 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1965 drawing not = S tristyla; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 #9 1967; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 drawing ok;