Stelis punoensis C.Schweinf. 1951 Drawing by Schweinfurth

Common Name The Puno Stelis [A high elevation plateau in Peru]

Flower Size 3/8" [.8 cm]

Found in Peru on cliffs at elevations around 3200 meters as a small sized, cold growing lithophyte with a conspicuous, stout, ascending rhizome giving rise to apparenty in pairs, basally decumbent stem with 3 tubular, evanescent sheaths, the uppermost longer, carrying an oblanceolate to elliptic, acute, gradually narrowing below into the distinctly petiolate base leaf that blooms on 1 to 3, longer to rarely somewhat shorter than the leaf, to 6.2" [15 .5 cm] long, rachis often fractiflex, loosely to subdensely several to many flowered inflorescence carrying apparently purplish, rather large for thte genus flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list, IPNI ; Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 8 449 - 512 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1976 drawing fide;