Stelis porpax Rchb.f. 1854 SECTION Stelis Photo by The Ecuagenera Website

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

Common Name The Shield Grip Stelis

Flower Size .175" [4 mm]

Found in northern Venezuela and Ecuador in montane cloud forests at elevations around 1300 to 1600 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphtye with approximate, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, spathulate, attenuate towards the base into the small, petiolate base leaf that blooms at most any time fo the year on a solitary, shorter than the leaf, 1.2 to 2.4" [3 to 6 cm] long including the .4" [1 cm] long peduncle, racemose, distichous, pauciflorus almost down to the base inflorescence arising through a small, acuminate spathe and has cucullate, shortly apiculate floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 3 Dunsterville and Garay 1965 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 No 9 1967; AOS Bulletin Vol 38 No 6 1969; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Parte 2 Foldats 1970 drawing ok; 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; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo good; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide;