Stelis cleistogama Schltr. 1918
Photo by © JM VP and The Orquideas Mexicanas Website
Drawing by © Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website
Common Name The Self-Pollenating Stelis
Flower Size .04” [1 mm]
Found in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras at elevations around 1500 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with an erect, stout ramicaul enveloped by 2 sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, oblanceolate-ligulate, obtuse, cuneate below into the short petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a erect, laxly, distichous, 8” [20 cm] long including the .8” [2 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe from below the apex of the ramicaul with cuculate, apiculate floral bracts.
References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Guatemala Ames Correll 1952 drawing ok; Las Orquideas de El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 drawing/photo fide; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 1276 Fritz Hamer 1985 drawing fide; ORQUIDEA (MEX.) 13(1- 2) Solano and Soto Arenas DICIEMBRE 1993 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing ok; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018