Stelis aeolica Solano & Soto Arenas 1993

TYPE Photo

TYPE Photo by Fritz Hamer/TYPE Drawing by R Solano and The Herbario AMO Website


Common Name The Airy Stelis [refers to its location with great ventilation]

Flower Size .08 to .1" [2 to 2.5 mm]

Found in Chiapas state of Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador in cloud-forests on oaks at elevations around 2000 to 2250 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with very short stems carrying an erect, oblong-lanceolate, obtuse to acute, tridenticulate, fleshy, attenuate below into the articulate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring on an erect, peduncle .4 to .75" [1 to 1.8 cm] long, erect, filiform, rachis erect, filiform, .8 to 1.4 [2 to 3.5 cm] long overall, racemose, 2 ranked on the same side, 6 to 12 flowered inflorescence arising though a basal, triangular, acute, carinate, scarious spathe and 3 obliquely infundibulaform, below the middle, wide mouthed, obtuse, shortly apiculate bracts and obliquely infundibular, obtuse, sometimes with revolute margins, mucronate, membraneous-transluscecnt floral bracts and carrying very small, green, successively opening flowers from the base up to the apex.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *ORQUIDEA (MEX.) 13(1- 2) 19 Solano and Soto Arenas . DICIEMBRE 1993 drawing/photo fide; Diversity of Pleurothallidinae in Guatemala: An Endangered Orchid Subtribe with High Economic and Horticultural Potentials Edgar Mo Mo, Cetzal, Basu and Vega 2017 photo not; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018