Stelis costaricensis Rchb.f. 1855

Leaf and Inflorescence Photos by Bogarin and The Epidendra Website


Common Name The Costa Rican Stelis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Costa Rica at elevations around 1625 meters as a mini-miniature sized cool growing epiphyte with ascending, slender ramicauls enveloped by 1 to 3 loose, imbricating, infundibuliform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptical, acute to obtuse, subcuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer and earlier fall on 1 to 4, erect, very densely, distichous, to .6 to 1 [1.5 to 2.5 cm] long including the peduncle, shorter than the leaf, mostly simultaneously several flowered inflorescence with minute, infundibular floral bracts.

Synonyms Apatostelis costaricensis (Rchb.f.) Garay 1979; Stelis minutiflora Ames & C.Schweinf. 1925; Stelis platycardia Schltr. 1923

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Bonplandia (Hanover) 3(15-16): 225 Rchb.f 1855; Schedul. Orch. 8: 18-19. Ames & Schweinf. 1925 as S minutiflora; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing ok