Stelis striolata Lindl. 1859 SUBGENUS Stelis

Photo by Alex Reynolds and the ORCHIDS of MAQUIPUCUNA Website

Common Name The Striate Stelis [refers to the sepals]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru at elevations of 2000 to 3000 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial with slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 4, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, erect, elliptic-oblong, subacute to obtuse, tridenticulate apically, gradually narrowing below into the channeled petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on 2 to several, fasciculate, 2.4 to 8" [6 to 20 cm] long including the very short peduncle, distichous to subsecund, laxly to densely, mostly simultaneously many flowered, racemose inflorescence arising through a spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with cuculate-acuminate floral bracts.

Synonyms Stelis exilipes Schltr. 1924; Stelis macropoda Schltr. 1920

CAUTION Not conclusive, Need more information and better photo to determine for sure.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten II Colombia Schlechter 1920 as S macropoda; Beitrage Zur Orchideenkunde Von Colombia 27:28 Schlechter 1924 as S exilipes; Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958 as S gracilispica; Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958; 1st supplement to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1970; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 2 Foldats 1970 drawing ok; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 4 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 drawing ok; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Parte 2 Foldats 1970 drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing ok; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 as S gracilispica drawing/photo ok; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing good; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing good;