Stelis papilio O.Duque 1997

TYPE Drawing TYPE Photo/TYPE Drawing by Duque and The Epidendra Website

Common Name The Buttterfly Stelis [refers to the central apparatus shape]

Flower Size

Found in Risaralda department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2100 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, proportionally stout ramicauls enveloped by 3 fibrous tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-oblong, subobtuse, tridenticulate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, distichous, laxly to densely, 3.2 to 6" [8 to 15 cm] long including the .72" [1.8 cm] long peduncle, successively several, many flowered inflorescence arising through a cucullate spathe with large, infundibular-cucullate floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , *Orquideología Vol 20 #3 pg 358 Duque 1997 drawing/photo fide; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide;