Stelis stenophylla Rchb.f. 1855 Drawing by Dunsterville & Garay

Common Name The Thin Leaf Stelis

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in northwestern Venezuela in cloud forests at elevations around 2400 to 2600 meters as a mini-miniture to miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with an erect, ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 3, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, linear to narrowly ovate, subacute, gradually narrowing below into the sub-petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect, to 3.6" [9 cm] long including the peduncle, several to many flowered inflorescence arising through a small spathe at the base of the leaf.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 as S tachiensis not drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as S tachirensis not drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide;