Stelis sanchoi Ames 1923 Photo by Daniel Mclaren and his Flickr Orchid Photo Webpage

Common Name Sancho's Stelis [Alfredo Sancho Costa Rican Botanist 1900's]

Flower Size

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in very wet and pluvial forests at elevations of 500 to 1550 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with ramicaule enveloped by 2 fibrous, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect,narrowly elliptic-lanceolate, coriaceous, subacute, tridenticulate apically, attenuate below into the very short, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on an erect, slender, peduncle 1.4 to 2.2" [3.5 to 5.5 cm] long, arsing through a spathe, to 4.2" [10.5 cm] long overall, distichous, slightly flexuous, many flowered inflorescence carrying glabrous, clear yellowish-green flowers.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing good;