Stelis meganthera Luer 2001 SUBGENUS Stellata SECTION Disticha purpurescens alliance Duque 2008

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website

Common Name The Large Anther Stelis [refers to the large anther cap]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Chirique department of Panama at elevations around 650 to 700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly linear-obovate, semi-terete, obtuse, apiculate, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on an erect, distichous, subdense, 1.6 to 2.8" [4 to 7 cm] long including the .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with tubular, acute floral bracts.

"This species, known only from western Pan-ama, is similar to Stelis parvuia, but it differs in significant details. Stelis meganthera is charac-terized by a small habit with short ramicauls; linear, semiterete leaves 2-3 mm wide; incon-spicuous floral bracts; white, glabtous, subacute sepals; a slightly proportionately large dorsal se-pal; flabellate petals; an oblong lip with and acute apex; and a proportionately large anther, larger than the lip." Luer 2001


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , *Selbyana 22(2): 122124, f. 17 Luer 2001 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide;