Stelis chihobensis Ames 1922

Drawing by Fritz Hamer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Chihob Stelis [A town in Guatemala]

Flower Size .12 [3 mm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Costa Rica at elevations around 500 to 1000 meters as a miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 or so loose, inflated tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, linear-elliptic, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on 2 erect, flexuous, distichous, 4.4 [11 cm] long including the .2 [5 mm] long peduncle, simultaenolusly several, many flowered inflorescence arising througha spathe below the apex of the ramicaul and has tubular, acute floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Guatemala Ames Correll 1952 as S bidentata drawing fide; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 1275 Hamer 1985 drawing fide; ORQUIDEA (MEX.) 13(1- 2) Solano and Soto Arenas . DICIEMBRE 1993 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing good; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018