Stelis triangulisepala C.Schweinf. 1951 SUBGENUS Stellata SECTION Disticha eliator alliance Duque 2008 TYPE Drawing by Schweinfurth

Flower??? not Photo courtesy of Prem Subrahmanyam

Common Name The Triangular Sepal Stelis

Flower Size 1/10" [3 mm]

Found in Peru in wet montane forests on mossy trees at elevations of 750 to 2900 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with erect, terete ramicauls enveloped basally by 3 loose, tubular, acuminate sheaths and carries a single, apical, elliptic-oblong, basally tapering, minutely tridentate apically, coriaceous, gradually nasrrows below into the cuneate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, pedunculate, racemose, to 7 1/5" [18 cm] long, several flowered inflorescence with minute floral bracts.

CAUTION!! The Drawing is absolutely correct. The Photo Matches Bennett & Christenson's and Duque's drawing in most all respects other than the pilose sepals, so this photo determination is quite suspect. I feel not as Schweinfurth sayd that the flowers are glabrous.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958 drawing ok; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 582 Bennett & Christenson 1998 drawing good; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008