Stelis tenuicaulis Lindl. 1859

Plant and Flowers Photos by S Manning and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Slender Inflorescence Stelis

Flower Size

Found in Peru and Bolivia at elevations around 2900 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with an ascending rhizome giving rise to an erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by 2 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-oblong to oblong, acute, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and summer on 1 to 2, erect, slender, distichous to subsecund, laxly, 6.8" [17 cm] long including the 1.4" [3.5 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe with cucullate, acuminate floral bracts.

Synonyms Stelis ascensor C.Schweinf. 1951; Stelis curvicarina C.Schweinf. 1951

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958 as S ascensor drawing good; Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958 as S curvicarina drawing ok; AOS Bulletin VOl 36 #9 1967 as S alata; Fieldiana Botany Vol 33 1st Supplement to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1970; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 8 449 - 512 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1976 as Stelis curvicaicina drawing good; Orquideas de Bolivia Vol 1 Vasquez & Ibisch 2000; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing good