Stelis lanceolata (Ruiz & Pav.) Willd. 1805 SECTION Stelis Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at he Jany Renz Herbaria Website

  • Drawing Original Drawing by Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia

    Common Name The Lanceolate Stelis [refers to the leaves]

    Flower Size .3" [8 mm]

    Found in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru on trees and rocksat elevations around 3000 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing terrestrial with a repent to ascending, clumping, prolific ramicauls enveloped by tubular, dilated sheaths and carrying a single, apical, narrowly elliptic-lanceolate, subcoriaceous, obtuse and tridenticulate apically, narrowing below into the conduplicate petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on an erect to slightly flexuous, to 3.2 to 4.8" [to 8 to 12 cm] long, racemose, distichous, laxly many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe with obliquely cucullate, apiculate to beaked floral bracts that cover only a portion of the ovary.

    Synonyms *Humboltia lanceolata Ruiz & Pav. 1798; Pleurothallis lanceolata (Ruiz & Pav.) Lindl. 1830; Stelis macrocarpa Kunth 1816; Stelis rhynchanthera F.Lehm. & Kraenzl. 1899; Stelis sesquipedalis Lindl. 1846

    References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 4 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 drawing good; drawing good; 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 good; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing good; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo fide; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz Duque 2008 drawing good; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide;