Stelis guatemalensis Schltr. 1899 SECTION Humboldtia


Photo by Noble Bashor


Drawing by Fritz Hamer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Guatemalan Stelis

Flower Size 1/10" [2mm]

Chiapas Mx., 1372m elev, Montebello Lakes area, epiphyte

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica in wet montane forests at elevations of 1100 to 1500 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte. The orchid has terete elongate ramicauls enveloped entirely by tight, scarious sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ligulate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf with a tridentate apice and dorsally carinate. This small plant blooms in the summer on 1 or 2, terminal, 4 to 5" [10 to 12.5 cm] long, racemose, many flowered inflorescence that arises from an annulus and has closely set flowers.

Synonyms Stelis patula Schlechter 1912

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Guatemala Ames Correll 1952 drawing good; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1280 Dodson 1985 drawing ok; ORQUIDEA (MEX.) 13(1- 2) Solano and Soto Arenas . DICIEMBRE 1993 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018