Stelis scansor Rchb.f. 1855 SUBGENUS Stellata Duque 2008 SECTION Concave S scansor Alliance

Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Original Drawings by Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia

Common Name The Scandent Stelis

Flower Size .3" [8 mm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru in montane cloud forests at elevations around 2800 to 3000 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphtye with an ascending rhizome giving rise to prolific, erect ramicauls enveloped by 1 to 2, evanescent sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, oblong-lanceolate, subacute, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall and winter on 1 to 2, just shorter to just longer than the leaf, 1.6" [4 cm] long, floriferous to the base, racemose, distichous, several to many flowered inflorescence with, cucullate, infundibular basally, acuminate floral bracts.

Stelis microsynema is related to S. scansor Rchb.f., but S microsynema differs in the caespitose rather than long-repent habit, and an inflorescence about twice the length of the leaves, rather than subequal in length." Luer 2013

Synonyms Stelis prorepens Schltr 1920; Stelis scandens Schltr.1924 not Rolfe ex Rusby; Stelis trianae Schltr.1920; Stelis vagans Ames 1922

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855; Repertorium Specierum Novarum Regni Vegetabilis Schlechter 1920 as S prorepens; Repertorium Specierum Novarum Regni Vegetabilis Schlechter 1920 as S trianae; Repertorium Specierum Novarum Regni Vegetabilis Schlechter 1922 as S vagans; Beitrage Zur Orchideenkunde Von Colombia 27:39 Schlechter 1924 as S scandens; Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz Duque 2008 as S prorepens drawing ok; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing ok; Harvard Papers in Botany, Vol. 18, No. 2, pp. 173 to 196 2013 MISCELLANEOUS NEW SPECIES IN THE PLEUROTHALLIDINAE (ORCHIDACEAE) Carlyle A. Luer & Lisa Thoerle