Stelis tricardium Lindl. 1859 SUBGENUS Stellata SECTION Disticha purpurescens alliance Duque 2008 Photo by Patricia Harding

Full Shade Cool Cold LATEWinter Spring

Common Name The Three Hearts Stelis

Flower Size .16" [3.5 mm]

Found in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia? at elevations of 1500 to 2900 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender ramicauls enveloped completely by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect,coriaceous, oblong-cuneate to oblanceolate or spathulate, obtuse, long attenuate below into the channeled, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and spring on a suberect to diffuse, to 7" [17.5 cm] long includfing the 2 to 3.2 [5 to 8 cm] long peduncle, rather loosely many flowered inflorescence aring through a spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with tubular, obtuse floral bracts

This species, S cuencana and S piestopus are all said to be synomonous with S tricardium being the species by many authors but Luer keeps them separate. All three are related to S argentata.


References W3 Tropicos,Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten IV Peru Schlechter 1921 as S piestopus; Orchids of Peru vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958; First supplement to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1970; Orchids of Bolivia Pleurothallidinae Vasquez & Ibisch 2000; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 771 Bennett & Christenson 2001 drawing fide except inflorescence is not fractiflex; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing hmm