Stelis oscitans Luer 1996 SECTION Humboldtia Drawing by Carl Luer and The Epidendra Website


Common Name The Yawning Stelis [refers to the gaping bilabiate flowers]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Chiriqui Panama at elevations around 1100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a loose, tubular sheaths below the middle and 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-obovate, subacute to obtuse, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer, early fall and winter on a suberect, flexible, subflexuous, to 2" [to 5 cm] long including the .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously few flowered inflorescence from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with infundibular, oblique, acute floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , *Lindleyana 11(2): 105, f. 34 Luer 1996 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide;