Stelis lankesteri Ames 1923 SUBGENUS Stelis Duque 2008

Plant and FlowersPhotos by E Castro and La Selva Florula Digital Website

Drawing Original Drawing by Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia

Common Name Lankester's Stelis [refers to the Mr Lankester founder of Lankester Botanical Garden in Costa Rica]

Flower Size .3" [8 mm]

Found in Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia in low hot forests at elevations of 150 to 400 meters as a small sized, hot growing epiphtye or lithophyte with an erect, stout ramicaul enveloped by 3 inflated sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptic-oblong, coriaceous, obtuse and tridenticulate apically, tapering below into the sulcate petiolate base leaf that blooms on a solitary, erect, 7.2" [to 18 cm] long, racemose, subdistichous, laxly many flowered inflorescence arising through 1 to 2 ancipitous spathes and has infundibular floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing