Stelis tridactylon Luer 1979 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Photo of S stella by Osacar Duque

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Three Fingered Stelis [refers to the flowers shape]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in southern Colombia and Ecuador at elevations around 600 to 1500 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with an erect, stout ramicaul enveloped by a loose tubular sheath below the middle and 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, narrowly cuneate below into the subsessile base leaf that blooms in the late spring on an erect, distichous, to 6 to 9.2" [15 to 23 cm] long including the 2 to 4" [5 to 10 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe at the base of the leaf with tubular floral bracts.

Synonyms Stelis stella O.Duque 1997

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orquideología Vol 20 #3 Duque 1997 as S stella photo/drawing fide; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 as S stella Drawing good; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 89 #11 2020 photo fide;