Stelis pardipes Rchb.f. 1866 SECTION Stelis

Plant and Flowers

photos by © Ellen Woods and Digital Flora of Las Cruces Website

Common Name The Spotted Foot Stelis [refers to the cauline sheaths]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia 1000 to 2500 meters as a small sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath near the middle amd 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-oblong, subacute to acute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base lef that blooms in the summer fall and winter on an erect, congested to subcongested, distichous to secund, 2.4 to 8" [6 to 20 cm] long including the .4 to 1.2" [1 to 3 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with infundibular floral bracts. .

Synonyms Stelis albertii Schltr. 1923; Stelis bella O.Duque 1997; Stelis longicuspis Schltr. 1910; *Stelis triseta var. pardipes (Rchb.f.) C.Schweinf. 1951; Stelis vagans Schltr. 1929

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958 as S triseta var pardipes; Fieldiana Botany Vol 33 1st Supplement to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1970; Orquideologia Vol 20 #3 1997 as S bella drawing/photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo ok; Orquideas de Bolivia Vol 1 Vasquez & Ibisch 2000 as S vagans; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz, A Compendium Duque 2008 as S vagans; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide; Orchid Species Of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018