WSBEorchids

365 days of orchids – day 238 – Stelis nexipous

  

This is one of our most floriferous stelis species.  The name ‘nexipous’ means duck’s foot and describes the shape of the flowers which is unlike any other stelis in our collection. The dense spikes are very upright and secund (all the flowers facing one way) giving a dramatic display that lasts for several months.

The species is native to Ecuador and Peru where it is found in forests from 700-2400m and as less of a cloud forest specialist than some of the genus it is a strong rooting plant and robust species to grow. Our large plant, shown here, is rapidly developing into a specimen plant and will soon completely envelop its basket. Flowering is reliably seasonal starting in August each year.

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