Stelis santiagoensis Mansf. 1928 Photo by Gerard Guillot and The Orchidees De Guyane Website

Common Name The Santiago Stelis [A community in Peru where the species was first discovered]

Flower Size

Found in French Guiana, Guyana, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru in dwarf forests at elevations around 600 to 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect, distichous, laxly to densely, to 2.8 to 6" [7 to 15 cm] long including the .8" [2 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously few to several, many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from the base of the leaf with cucullate, apiculate floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 4 Dusterville & Garay 1966 drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Parte 2 Foldats 1970 drawing good; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing good; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing good; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide;