Stelis croatii Luer 1996SECTION Stelis Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website


Common Name Croat's Stelis [American Botanist at MOBOT Current]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Costa Rica at elevations around 1500 to 1800 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath near the middle and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the slender, long-petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on 2 to 3, erect, congested, secund, 2 to 4" [5 to 10 cm] long, including the .4 to .6" [1 to 1.5 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously, many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe with an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul and oblique, acute floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Lindleyana 11(2): 97, f. 29 Luer 1996 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz Duque 2009 drawing fide;