Stelis rubens Schltr. 1910 Photo by Dr Rodolfo Solano Gomez

Drawing Drawing by Fritz Hamer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria 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 dpring 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; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 as Apotostelis rubens drawing ok; Icones Orchidacearum I Plate 98 Hagsater & Salazar 1990 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide;