Stelis major Rchb.f. 1854 SUBGENUS Stellata SECTION Pedales Duque 2008 Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Common Name The Large Stelis

Flower Size .3" [7.5 mm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador in montane forests at elevations of 1200 to 2600 meters as a miniature to small sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular, lightly expanded apically sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrwoly elliptic, gradually narrowing into the conduplicate, petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect to suberect, 4.5" [11.25 cm] long, many flowered, racemose inflorescence


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 4 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 2 Foldats 1970 drawing fide; 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; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo fide; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing good;