Rhynchostele stellata (Lindl.) Soto Arenas & Salazar 1993 Photo by Lourens Grobler

Floral Closeup Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Plant and Flowers in situ in Mexico Photo by Weyman Bussey

Full shadeCool to Cold Spring

Common Name The Star-Like Rhynchostele

Flower Size 2" [4 to 5 cm]

This species is found in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama and Venezuela as a small sized, cold to cool growing, miniature epiphyte and is found on trees in cloud forests at elevations of 1700 to 3000 meters with ovoid-ellipsoid to cylindrical, slightly laterally compressed pseudobulbs completely enveloped basally by several sheaths that with age dry out and carrying narrowly elliptic to oblanceolate or linear-ligulate, subobtuse to acuminate, narrowed and conduplicate towards the base leaves that blooms in the spring with one or two flowers per erect, axillary, 3 to 6" [8 to 15 cm] long, racemose inflorescence with inconspiculously fragant flowers arising on mature psuedobulbs. This species has fine roots that are best potted into a fine bark medium where if given good shade and ample water to keep the plant from drying out will create a speciemen plant rapidly as several new psuedobulbs will be created each growth season. A lessening of water is nessasary in the winter months to ensure a good bloom season. This species needs shade and an indicator of too much light is a yellowing of the leaves.

This plant is used in tzotzil folk medicine.

Synonyms Amparoa stellata (Lindl.) Archila 2009; Cymbiglossum stellatum (Lindl.) Halb 1983; Lemboglossum stellatum [Lindley] Halb. 1984; Odontoglossum erosum A. Rich. & Gal. 1845; *Odontoglossum stellatum Lindl. 1841; Oncidium erosum Beer 1854

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854 as O erosum; AOS Bulletin Vol 31 No 7 1962 photo; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Odontoglossum stellatum; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 4 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 as Odontoglossum stellatum drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 5 1970 as Odontoglossum stellatum drawing fide; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 as Odontoglossum stellatum drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as Odontoglossum stellatum drawing fide; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 as Lemboglossum stellatum drawing fide; Fieldiana Biology, Flora Costa Ricensis Family # 39 Orchidaceae, subtribes Maxillariinae and Oncidiinae Atwood & Mora 1997; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Lieferung 33-6 1997 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; The Pictoral Encyclopedia of Oncidium Zelenko 2002; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; AOS Bulletin Vol 76 No 5 2007 photo; Icones Orchidacearum fascile 10 plate 1084 Hagsater & Soto 2008 drawing fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide