Stelis superbiens – 365 days of orchids – day 1601

May is the peak flowering time for this velvety flowered orchid. In keeping with its name, Stelis superbiens is the largest flowered of our many Stelis species and the soft pinky-brown flowers give a subtle but beautiful display.

The species is found from Mexico right through Central and South America to Peru. It grows a little lower than many of our very cool growing stelis from 1000-2000m altitude in damp forest. Despite being a little warmer growing than most of the genus, we treat this species the same as our other Stelis – growing it in a small basket and keeping in well watered and shady throughout the year.



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