Stelis retroversa O.Duque 1997

TYPE Drawing TYPE Photo/TYPE Drawing by Oscar Duque and The Epidendra Website

Common Name The Back Turned Stelis [refers to the sepals]

Flower Size

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2100 to 2300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 loose, inflated, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, oblong-elliptical, subacute, tridenticulate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, fractiflex, 2 to 2.4" [5 to 6.5 cm] long including the peduncle, few flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from below the apex of the ramicual with large oblique, acute at the ostium floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , *Orquideología VOl 20 #3 pg 359-365–366, 368–369, pl. 7, f.1–3; pl. 14, f. 1 Duque 1997 drawing/photo fide; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide;