Stelis rabei Foldats 1968Photo by Philipp Weigell and The Wikipedia Website

Common Name Rabe's Stelis

Flower Size .06" [1.5 mm]

Found in northwestern Venezuela in cloud forests at elevations around 1900 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2, close fitting tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly linear, subobtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect, distichous, densely, 2.4" [6 cm] long including the .6" [1.5 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe with thin, pale green, short, widely inflated floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Parte 2 Foldats 1970 drawing fide; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garary 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;