Stelis velutina Lindl. 1859 SUBGENUS Stelis Duque 2008Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foudantion at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Velvety Stelis [refers to the fine pubescence of the floral parts]

Flower Size .2" [5mm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru at elevations of 2000 to 3000 meters as a medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with elongate ramicauls enveloped by 1 to 2 short basal sheaths and a longer separate, tubular one in the upper third of the stem and carrying a single, apical, erect, ellipitc-oblong, obtuse to subacute, tridenticulate, narrowing below into the conduplicate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer and fall on 1 to 2, racemose, subdistichous, 6 to 9.2" [15 to 23 cm] long including the 2.4 to 4" 6 to 10 cm] long peduncle, densely, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with tubular floral bracts.

Synonyms Stelis hians Schltr. 1915

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing good; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide