Stelis venezuelensis Foldats 1968 Drawing by Dunsterville & Garay and The Swiss Orchid Foudantion at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Venezuelan Stelis

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in northwestern Venezuela at elevations around 2400 to 2450 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-oblong, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on 1 to more?, erect, subcongested, lightly fractiflex, 2" [5 cm] long including the .4 " [1 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a small spathe at the apex of the ramicaul with pinkish brown floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Parte 2 Foldats 1970 drawing fide; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz , A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide;