Stelis ovatilabia Schltr. 1918

TYPE Photo by R Solano and The Herbario AMO Website


Drawing by Fritz Hamer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Oval Labellum Stelis [refers to the lip shape]

Flower Size .04" [1 mm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua in humid montane forests at elevations around 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate to suborbicular, obtuse to ropunded, tridenticulate apically, cuneate to abruptly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms at most any time of the year on an erect, filiform, to 1" [to 2.5 cm] long including the peduncle, successively few flowered inflorescence with acuminate, purple floral bracts.

Synonyms Stelis cyclopetala Schltr. 1923

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Guatemala Ames Correll 1952 drawing good; Las Orquideas de El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 drawing/photo fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 7 385 - 448 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1975 drawing good; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 1283 Hamer 1985 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 12 2006 photo ok; Orquideologia Vol 25 #1 2007 photo ok; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide; Diversity of Pleurothallidinae in Guatemala: An Endangered Orchid Subtribe with High Economic and Horticultural Potentials Edgar Mo Mo, Cetzal, Basu and Vega 2017 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018