Stelis intermedia Poepp. & Endl. 1836 SUBGENUS Stellata SECTION Disticha eliator alliance Duque 2008


Plant Photos by Americo Docha Neto


Common Name or Meaning The In Between Stelis

Flower Size 1/16" [0.15 cm]

Found in Venezuela, Minas Gerais Brazil in the Mantiqueira Rain Forest Mountains as well as Peru at elevations of 1000 to 1700 meters as a miniature to small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with densely fascicled stems enveloped basally by 2 to 3 long, tubular sheaths and carry a single, apical, elliptic-linear or linear-lanceolate, obtuse with a minute tridenticulate apex leaf that is long and attenuate below that blooms in the early winter in situ on a solitary, to 7 1/4" [to 18 cm] long, many flowered, arcuate or flexuous and very slender inflorescence with very minute flowers.

This determination is OK. Said to be synomonous with S drosophila by some but Foldats separates and I concur at this time. If they are synomonous S intermedia takes precedence.

Synonyms Stelis petropolitana Rchb.f. 1866; Stelis petropolitana var. latifolia Hoehne 1919

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 5 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 drawing ok; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 drawing ok; 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; Orquideas de Bolivia Vol 1 Vasquez & Ibisch 2000; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing ok; Orchidees du Bresil As Orquideas da Serra do Castelo [Espirito Santo Brazil] Chiron & Bolsanello Vol 2 2013 photo fide