Stelis immersa

Stelis immersa

This is a wonderfully vigorous plant with nice fleshy dark green leaves and intense chocolate colored flowers. It blooms every winter for me, and this year it started sometime before the new year and just now finished after almost five months of blooming on six inflorescences. The inflorescence grow out from the midrib at mid leaf and hold a long string of nodding flowers measuring about a centimeter tall. It is a small to medium sized, warm to cool growing growing epiphyte from Mexico to Northern Venezuela where it grows at altitudes ranging from 800 to 1800 meters. I grow mine potted, although not much media will fit in the pot anymore which instead is completely full of roots. It has an amazing root system! It enjoys humid but not wet conditions under medium/ low light in the cool vivarium.

Accepted Name: Stelis immersa (Linden & Rchb.f.) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase, Lindleyana 16: 263 (2001).
Synonym: Pleurothallis immersa Linden & Rchb.f., Bonplandia (Hannover) 3: 224 (1855).

By | 2014-10-15T14:41:00+02:00 May 3rd, 2013|Categories: My orchids|Tags: , , , , |10 Comments

About the Author:

Karma is a digital nomad graphic artist and writer, orchid nerd and long-distance hiker from Gothenburg, Sweden. Former editor-in-chief for the Swedish Orchid Society magazine, published internationally and held lectures on orchid culture.


  1. Demosthenes May 6, 2013 at 21:32 - Reply

    wow !!!!!

  2. Luisa May 14, 2013 at 10:37 - Reply

    Love your blog, love your photos, love your scientific but funny approach… and love your hair too.
    I found your blog back in 2009, and since then I check your updates from time to time. I’m just a little italian commercial Phalaenopsis-hybrid lover and yes, it’s because they’re the only orchids I can grow without messing my little home too much.
    However, my dear-husband and I are great Darwin/biodiversity/evolution enthusiasts (he collects and studies mediterranean shells), that’s why it’s some time that I’m thinking about growing botanical Phalaenopsis, but they’re impossible to find here. I looked for an adult plant on some european online store with no success.
    I’m also planning to start with Paphiopedilum: their grumpy face makes me smile all the times. I remember your werewolf-paph and its beautiful, dark, hairy bloom.
    I hope to see a new post about your lush orchids soon!

    • Karma May 18, 2013 at 09:21 - Reply

      Hi Luisa! Thanks for your nice introduction. It is always nice to hear from someone enjoying my orchids/ blog as much as I do. There are some good growers out there selling blooming size botanical Phalaenopsis and Paphiopedilum, try German growers… Schwerter, Kopf, Karge, Roellke, Asendorfer (especially for Paphiopedilum), but do a google search on “orchideen” and you will probably find more. Good luck!

  3. Eddy October 24, 2013 at 21:11 - Reply

    You have a wonderful website. I like each page to have the flower and your personal comments. Very useful. Your orchids are so gorgeous I want to buy more! Thank you for an hour of pleasure and beauty.

    • Karma October 24, 2013 at 21:28 - Reply

      Thanks Eddy, very nice to hear! 🙂

  4. Mal October 26, 2013 at 22:03 - Reply

    Hi Karma, great website and photos. I am just starting to set up a large terrarium for my pleurothallids. I live in Queensland, Australia, and our summer temps are too high for these orchids. Hence the terrarium. Thanks for your info on misters, etc.

    • Karma October 26, 2013 at 23:13 - Reply

      Thank you! I am happy to hear you found my site useful. Good luck!! 🙂

  5. Saif April 9, 2014 at 10:25 - Reply

    Dear Karma,

    We live in Mombasa, Kenya where the temperatures during the day are between 32 – 34 degrees C and lows are between 26 – 24 C. We have a relative humidity of 75 – 80%. We want to grow orchids in this condition and request your guidance as to what we can. Which kind of Orchids can grow here??

    I have looked at your vivariums and am impressed with the idea, if we build something similar here in the apartment and control the temps, can we then grow any orchids of course depending on their temp requirement?

    We will indeed appreciate your help in this if you can spare some time for us.

    However, your Website has loads of information and you have really done well growing your orchids. We have learnt some great things from you. Keep up with your interests and continue to update us on new ideas and things.

    Best regards from Kenya.


    • Karma July 3, 2014 at 16:58 - Reply

      Thank you very much Saif! I am happy that I could provide some inspiration. 🙂 I have not been active on the blog this year due to some personal issues, but I hope this will change soon. Take care!

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