Stelis purdiaei Lindl.1859 Original Drawings by Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia

Common Name Purdie's Stelis [Australian Collector 1800's]

Flower Size .175" [4 mm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru in montane cloud forests at elevations around 1900 to 2500 meters as a large sized, cool to cold growing epiphtye with clumped, erect, ramicauls basally enveloped by 2 short, common, shaggy sheaths and another longer in the upper 1/3 carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, oblong, to retuse and tridenticulate apically, cuneate below in tothe conduplicate petilalte base leaf that blooms on one to many, to 14" [25 cm] long, racemose, erect, distichous, densely many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe with obliquely infundibular, acute flroal bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Fieldiana, 1st Suppplement to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1970 as S lindenii; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as S grandis not drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing ok; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo ok; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing hmm