Stelis oblongifolia Lindl. 1859 SUBGENUS Stellata SECTION Concave S purpurescens alliance Duque 2008 Photo by Alexander Hirtz


Drawing Drawings by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Drawing Original Drawing by Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia

Common Name The Oblong Leaf Stelis [refers to the leaves]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru in montane cloud forests at elevations around 2000 to 3200 meters as a climbing, small to medium sized, cool to cold, growing epiphtye with superposed, ramose ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 4 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, oblong, obtuse, coriaceous, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on a solitary, 4 to 6" [10 to 15 cm] long, subsecund, racemose, more or less fractiflex, laxly several flowered inflroescence arising through a small spathe concealed by the uppermost sheath and has large, cucullate, acuminate floral bracts and glabrous flowers

According to Luer this species has a variable lip and no 2 populations have the same details.

Very close to if not synomynous with S pastoensis and S superposita, but I leave them separate for now.

Synonyms Stelis chachapoyensis Rchb.f. 1855; Stelis coturcoensis Schltr. 1921

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958 as S chachapoyensis; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo okish to second drawing; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 as S chachapoyensis drawing hmm; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 as S coturcoensis drawing hmm; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide ; Orchid Species Of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo not?; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide;