Stelis restrepioides inflorescence

Stelis restrepioides inflorescence

Stelis restrepioides is an orchid which requires a relatively high humidity.

It belongs to the family of Orchidaceae, sub-family Epidendroideae, tribe Epidendreae, sub-tribe Pleurothallidinae, genus Stelis.

Description:

Stelis restrepioides is an orchid of average size, usually epiphytic, sometimes terrestrial. It is 30-35 cm tall and has a short rhizome from which grows a stalk with a single leaf.

The blade is erect, elliptical, up to 30 cm long.

The inflorescences are 13-20 cm long and 8-15 produce flowers. The flowers are pendulous, 4-5 cm long, they do not entirely open and emit a foul smell. The sepals and petals are white to off-white, covered with large red-purple spots. The lip is dark red-purple to purple-black.

Flowering occurs place in the winter to spring.

Nomenclature:

Synonyms:

Elongatia restrepioides, Humboltia fritillaria, Humboltia restrepioides, Pleurothallis atroviolacea, Pleurothallis fritillaria, Pleurothallis restrepioides

Etymology:

Stelis: from the Greek stelis (small pillar)
Restrepioides: from the Latin restrepioides (resembling Restrepia, a genus of orchids)

Origin:

West of South America: Colombia, Ecuador, Peru

Habitat:

Humid mountain forest, 800-2,900 m altitude

Stelis restrepioides plant

Stelis restrepioides plant



Care:

Temperature:

15-24 °C

Light:

Shade, partial shade

Water:

Keep the substrate moist all year

Hygrometry:

70 % with good ventilation

Substrate:

Fine bark mixed with perlite or peat moss

Feed:

Specialized orchid fertilizer, twice a month throughout the year

Propagation:

By division in spring, when repotting.

Image sources

  • Stelis restrepioides inflorescence: Own work
  • Stelis restrepioides plant: Own work

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