Stelis cleistogama Schltr. 1918

Photo by JM VP and The Orquideas Mexicanas Website

Type Drawing

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