Stelis melanoxantha Rchb.f 1855 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 northwestern Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador at elevations around 2000 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 3 sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, oblong, obtuse, cuneate below into the narrowly petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect, distichous, lax, 9.6" [24 cm] long including the 2 to 2.4" [5 to 6 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with cucullate-ovate, acuminate floral bracts.

Synonyms Stelis caucae Schltr. 1920

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 7:85 Schlechter 1920 as S caucae; Figuren Atlas - Orchideenfloren der südamerkanischen Kordillerenstaaten Schlechter 1929 as S caucae drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 drawing good; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing good