Stelis ciliaris Lindl. 1836 SECTION Stelis

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Photo by © Eric Hunt

Another Flower in situ Cocora Colombia

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Common Name The Hairy Stelis

Flower Size 3/8" [1 cm]

Found from Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Nonduras, Nicaragua,Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Vnezuela, Ecuador and Brazil in hot lowlands and wet premontane forests at elevations of sealevel to 1100 meters as a small sized, hot growing epiphyte with stout sheathed ramicauls carrying a single, apical, linear to elliptic-oblanceolate, obtuse and obliquely 3 toothed or retuse apically, erect, leathery leaf that tapers gradually, basally into a short petiole that blooms in the late fall and early winter on an erect to arching, loosely many flowered, slender, 10" + [25 cm+] long inflorescence with obliquely tubular, reddish floral bracts and has highly variable shaped flowers.

Synonyms Apatostelis ciliaris (Lindl.) Garay 1979; Apatostelis garayi Dunst. 1981; Apatostelis jimenezii (Schltr.) Garay 1979; Apatostelis pendulispica (Ames) Garay 1979; Stelis atropurpurea Hook. 1842; Stelis bruchmuelleri Rchb.f 1880; Stelis confusa Schltr. 1918; Stelis eublepharis Rchb.f. 1855; Stelis fimbriata R.K.Baker 1968; Stelis gratiosa Luer 1979; Stelis fimbriata R.K.Baker 1968; Stelis garayi (Dunst.) Carnevali & I.Ramírez 1990; Stelis jimenezii Schltr. 1918; Stelis micrantha var. atropurpurea (Hook.) Josst 1851; Stelis mystax-felis Luer & Toscano 2012; Stelis pendulispica Ames 1934; Stelis uhlii Chiron 2013

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as S atropurpurea; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing ok; Orchids of Guatemala Ames Correll 1952 drawings good; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 50 # 9 1981 as Apatostelis garayii Drawing/photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1101 Hamer & Dodson 1984 as Apatostelis ciliaris drawing ok; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 as Apotostelis ciliaris drawing fide; Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 77: 555 Carnevali & I.Ramírez 1990 as Stelis garayii; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide; Harvard Pap. Bot. 5 #2: Carnevali etal. 2001; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 as S jimenezii; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo fide; Algunas Orquideas de Oaxaca Suarez 2004 photo fide; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing ok; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 as S garayii drawing good; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 as S pendulispica drawing good; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; An Illustrated Field Guide to the Orchids of the Yotoco Forest Reserve Colombia Kolanowska, Escobar, Sanchez & Szlachetko 2011 drawing good; Diversity of Pleurothallidinae in Guatemala: An Endangered Orchid Subtribe with High Economic and Horticultural Potentials Edgar Mo Mo, Cetzal, Basu and Vega 2017 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 photo fide