Stelis megistantha Schltr. 1921 Drawing by © Schlechter and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Large Flowered Stelis

Flower Size .6" [1.5 cm]

Found in Peru at elevations around 2500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 3 sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, oblong-ligulate, obtuse, cuneate below into the narrowly petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect, distichous, subdense, 7.2" [18 cm] long including the short peduncle, simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a compressed spathe below the apex of the ramicaul with cucullate, truncate floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , *Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 9: 65 Schlechter 1921; Figuren Atlas - Orchideenfloren der südamerkanischen Kordillerenstaaten Schlechter 1929 drawing fide;Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008