Stelis vulcani Rchb.f. 1878 Photo by Duanne McDowell and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Another flower Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuadorian Orchid Website


Another Drawing Drawings by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name or Meaning The Volcano-Living Stelis

Flower Size .15" [3.2 mm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru in cloud forests at elevations around 2800 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte or occasional lithophyte with ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptic-oblong, coriaceous, subacute, tridenticulate apically, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer through early winter on an erect, on 1 to 2, erect, to 7.2" [18 cm] long including the 2 to 3.2" [5 to 8 cm] long pecduncle, subdistichous, subdense, many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with tubular, acute floral bracts

CAUTION I am not sure of either of these determinations so please use with caution!!.

Synonyms Stelis ecallosa Garay 1956

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1878; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 2 Foldats 1970 drawing ok; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 4 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 drawing ok; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Parte 2 Foldats 1970 drawing good; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing ok; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo not=S vulcanica; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo ok; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo not = S nanegalensis; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 as S ecallosa drawing good; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing good; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide