Stelis latipetala Ames 1935Drawing by Ames and The Epidendra Website


Common Name The Broad Petaled Stelis [refers to the petal margin]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Costa Rica at elevations around 1650 meters as a small sized epiphtye with an erect, stout ramicaul enveloped by a loose tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ligulate, obtuse, bilobed apically, gradually narrowed below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on 1 to 2, erect, strict, stout, congested, distichous, 5.2 to 6" [13 to 15 cm] long including the 2.4 to 3.2" [6 to 8 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence from below the apex of the ramicaul and has broadly infundibular, dilated, acute floral bracts.

Synonyms Apatostelis latipetala (Ames) Garay 1979

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Bot. Mus. Leafl. 3(4): 53-54 Ames 1935 Drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 #2 2006 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A COmpendium Duque 2008 drawing good;