Stelis johnsonii Ames 1922 Drawing by Solano

Full shade Hot LATE Spring

Common Name Johnson's Stelis [American Orchid Collector in Guatemala earlier 1900's]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Chiapas state of Mexico and Guatemala in tropical rainforests at eleavations around 200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with short, 2 noded ramicauls enveloped completely by tubular, obtuse, scarious, the superior larger sheaths and carrying a single, apical, linear-oblanceolate, subrounded, fleshy, attenuate below into the shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring on 1 to 2, peduncle .4 to .8" [1 to 2 cm] long, arising through 1 basal, conduplicate, scarious spathaceous bract, and a short, tubular, acute, membraneous bract above, racemose, 1.6 to 3" [4 to 7.5 cm] long, rachis zig-zag, 10 to 14 flowered inflorescence with an obliquely infundibuliform, acute, membraneous, floral bract and carrying nocturnal, purple red flowers


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum 5-6 Plate 684 Bennett & Christenson 2002 drawing fide;