Stelis hylophila Rchb.f. 1855 SECTION Stelis

Drawing by Dunsterville The Swiss Orchid Foundation at he Jnay Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Forest Loving Stelis [refers to the epiphytic habit]

Flower Size .16 [4mm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia in wet montane forests at elevations around 1400 to 3200 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing terrestrial with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath near the middle and 2 to 3 others about the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer, fall and earlier winter on 1 to 3, erect, distichous, 2.8 to 6" [7 to 15 cm] long including the .2 to 1" [.5 to 2.5 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously several flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from an annulus at the the apex of the ramicaul and has oblique, acute floral bracts.

This species is similar to S sarae but it is but is distinguished by a much more steeply ascending habit, narrowly elliptical leaves, and a single, long, densely flowered, secund raceme. The sepals are similarly broad and obtuse, but neither recurving nor revolute. The petals and lip are similar, except that the bar of S. sarae is cleft. While the stigmatic lobes of S. hylophila are partially hidden by the margins of the clinandrium, the lobes of S. sarae are fully visible.

Synonyms Apatostelis hylophila (Rchb.f.) Garay 1979; Stelis reflexa Lindl. 1859

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 4 1966 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 drawing ok; Fieldiana Botany Vol 33 1st Supplement to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1970; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide; Harvard Papers in Botany, Vol. 18, No. 2, pp. 173 to 196 2013 MISCELLANEOUS NEW SPECIES IN THE PLEUROTHALLIDINAE (ORCHIDACEAE) Carlyle A. Luer & Lisa Thoerle ; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 photo fide