Stelis guianensis Rolfe 1901 SUBGENUS Stellata SECTION Monostachyae Duque 2008 Photo by Patricia Harding

Common Name The Guiana Stelis

Flower Size .1" [3 mm]

This ID is fairly certain.

Found in Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela and the Guyanas in rain or cloud forests at elevations around 850 to 3000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to cold growing epiphyte with clustered, erect, racmiauls enveloped basally by 2, scarious, carinate-nerved, obtusely apiculate sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly oblanceolate, subacute, minutely tridenticulate, longly attenuate and petiolate below into the base leaf that blooms in the spring and summer on a 1.6 to 4" [4 to 10 cm] long, laxly several to many flowered, closely spaced inflorescence arising through a small acute to obtuse spathe


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1961 drawing good; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 #9 1967; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing good; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing good; Orquideologia Vol 22 #3 2003 drawing/photo fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo fide; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing good; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo ok