Stelis parvula Lindl. 1859 SUBGENUS Stellata SECTION Disticha purpurescens alliance Duque 2008

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Photo by the The Belize Botanic Garden Website

Another Flower? Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl


Common Name The Small Stelis

Flower Size 1/4" [7mm]

found in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama in wet montane forests at elevations of sealevel to 1700 meters as a miniature sized, hot to warm growing eppiphyte with glabrous ramicauls enveloped basally by tubular, scarious sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, narrowly oblanceolate to linear, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that is apically, bi or tri-dentate and blooms in the late spring through earlier fall on an axillary, racemose, 4 1/2" [11 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence arising through a small annulus with the flowers opening at night and closing through the day.

Synonyms Pleurothallis platyglottis L.O.Williams 1951; Stelis bidentata Schltr. 1912

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , Orchids of Guatemala Ames Correll 1952 as S bidentata drawing fide; Orchids of Guatemala Ames Correll 1952; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as S bidentata; Las Orquideas De El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 as S bidentata drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 5 1979 as S bidentata; Orquídea (Mexico City), n.s., 7[3]: 1979; Las Orquideas de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 as S bidentata drawing ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1274 Dodson 1985 as S bidentata drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1285 Dodson 1985 drawing good; ORQUIDEA (MEX.) 13(1- 2). DICIEMBRE 1993 as S bidentata drawing/photo ok; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 581 Bennett & Christenson 1998 drawing good; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz, Compendium Duque 2008 good; Orchidees du Bresil As Orquideas da Serra do Castelo [Espirito Santo Brazil] Chiron & Bolsanello Vol 2 2013 photo ok; Diversity of Pleurothallidinae in Guatemala: An Endangered Orchid Subtribe with High Economic and Horticultural Potentials Edgar Mo Mo, Cetzal, Basu and Vega 2017 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 as S bidentata; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018; Lankesteriana 19(1). 31 - 55 2019 photo fide