Stelis despectans Schltr. 1910SECTION Stelis

Photo by Hamer

TYPE Drawing Drawing by Schlechter and The Epidendra Website

Common Name The Wretched Stelis

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama at elevations around 1400 to 1500 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, a cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly oblong-ligulate, shortly apiculate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect, laxly many flowered inflorescence with ovate-cucullate, acuminate floral bracts.

Synonyms Stelis chiriquensis Schltr. 1918; Stelis nutantiflora Schltr. 1918

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 8: 453 Schlechter 1910; Orchids of Guatemala Ames Correll 1952 drawing good; Las Orquideas de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing/photo good; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing ok Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018