Stelis rubens Schltr. 1910



photos by Solano/drawing by Soto and The Herbario AMO Website

Deep shadeHotWarm LATESpringFall

Common Name The Reddish Stelis

Flower Size .15" [2.5 mm]

Found in Jalisco, Oaxaca, Vera Cruz and Chiapas states of Mexico in tropical rainforests at elevations of 350 to 1100 meters as a small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with short, terete ramicauls completely enveloped by 2 tubular, glabrous, oblique, obtuse, slightly prominent veined, sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, narrowly linear-oblanceolate, round, bilobed, small mucronate iun the middle of the apex, fleshy-coriaceous, attenuate to the channeled petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring through late fall on a terminal, erect, racemose, thin, to 8" [20 cm] long, to 70 flowered inflorescence carrying 2 rows of simultaneously opening flowers 180 degrees apart.

This species has color variable flowers from pale green to greenish white to suffused with reddish-purple

Synonyms Apatostelis rubens (Schltr.) Garay 1979; Stelis liebmannii Rchb.f. ex Hemsl. 1934; Stelis tuerckheimii Schltr. 1910

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Guatemala Ames Correll 1952 drawing ok to photo, fide to drawing; Orchids of Guatemala Ames Correll 1952 as S rubens var oxypetala; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 #5 1979?; Orquídea (Mexico City), n.s., 7[3]: 1979; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 as Apotostelis rubens drawing ok; Icones Orchidacearum I Plate 98 Hagsater & Salazar 1990 drawing fide; ORQUIDEA (MEX.) 13(1- 2) Solano and Soto Arenas . DICIEMBRE 1993 drawing/photo fide; 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