Stelis nitens Rchb. f. 1854 SECTION Isochilae S angustifolia Alliance Photo by S Manning and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Inflorescence Photo by Jay Pfahl

Common Name or Meaning The Shiney Stelis [refers to the flowers glossy appearance]

Flower Size 1/5" [5 mm]

Found in Colombia and Venezuela in cloud forests or wet scrubby dwarf forests at elevations of 1800 to 3000 meteres as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, narrowly linear-elliptic, acute leaf that blooms on a 4 to 5" [10 to 12.5 cm] long, several flowered inflorescence that holds the simultaneoulsy opening flowers well above the apex of the leaf.

Synonyms Stelis caespitifica Rchb.f. 1855

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855 as S caespitifica; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 4 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 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; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo fide; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz, A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide