Stelis platystachya Garay & Dunst. 1976 SECTION StelisDrawing by Dunsterville & Garay and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Broad Peduncle Stelis

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in northwestern Venezuela, northeastern Colombia and southeastern Ecuador in open forests at elevations around 1600 to 2400 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, subcongested, distichous, slightly flexuous, to 16" [to 40 cm] long including the broadly flattened, 2.8 to 6" [7 to 15 cm] long peduncle, successively several, many flowered inflorescence arising through a slender spathe below the apex of the ramicaul with oblique, acute floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , *Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6: 424 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 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 Fernandez 2003 photo ok; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide;