Stelis purpurea

Stelis purpurea

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Epidendreae
SubTribe: Pleurothallidinae
Genus: Stelis
Species: Ste. purpurea
Binomial name
Stelis purpurea
(Ruiz & Pav.) Willd. 1805

Stelis purpurea is an epiphytic orchid in the genus Stelis.


Plant blooms in the spring with many 1 cm wide flowers.


Plant is found in the damp montane forest of Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru at elevations of 150 to 2900 meters


Keep plant in partial shade. Plant can be grown in cool to intermediate conditions. Pot the plant in fine bark with perlite or sphagnum moss. Water regularly and keep potting media moist.


Common Names: The Purple Stelis


  1. *Humboldtia purpurea Ruiz & Pav. 1798
  2. *Humboltia purpurea Ruiz & Pav. 1798
  3. Pleurothallis purpurea (Ruiz & Pav.) Schltr. 1921
  4. Stelis acutissima Lindl. 1858; Stelis cordibractea Schltr. 1921
  5. Stelis endocharis Rchb.f. 1876
  6. Stelis fruticulus Schltr. 1920
  7. Stelis huancabambae Kraenzl. 1916
  8. Stelis maxima Lindl. 1845
  9. Stelis pachyphylla Schltr. 1920
  10. Stelis phaeantha Schltr. 1929
  11. Stelis truncata Lindl. 1836

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