Stelis aprica – 365 days of orchids – day 803

This species is new to 365 days and is one of the smaller flowered of our 20+ stelis species.

Stelis aprica is native to the coastal cloud forests of Brazil that we have explored on our expeditions to the Mat Atlantica. It grows in wet forest but has relatively stiff leaves compared to many stelis to cope with the more seasonal climate experiences in the Barazilian cloud forests than many of those in from Peru up the Andes to Costa Rica in Central America.

The flowers are small but produced in abundance from old and new leaves giving a lovely display.



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