Stelis maxima Lindl. 1845

SUBGENUS Stelis Duque 2008

Plant and FLowers

Photos by Egon Krogsgaard

S maxima and S purpurea in same photo

Another Orchid

Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

Common Name The Large Stelis

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru in dwarf forests at elevations around 1700 to 3200 meters as a medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, close set ramicauls enveloped by basal sheaths and another inflated one in the upper third and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic-oblong to broadly oblong, striated, obtuse to subobtuse, tridenticulate, narrowing abruptly into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect, 6 to 10" [15 to 25 cm] long, distichous, racemose, laxly many flowered inflorescence arising through a small spathe and with cucullate, apiculate to infundibular-navicular floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854; Fieldiana Biology, Vol 33, 1st Supple. to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1970; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing good; 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; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing hmm;