Stelis soconuscana Solano 2011 SUBGENUS Stellata SECTION Disticha purpurescens alliance Duque 2008 TYPE Drawing by R Solano


Common Name The Soconusca Stelis [A region of Chiapas where the orchid occurs]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Chiapas state of Mexico and possibly Guatemala from the slopes of the Tacana volcano in coffee plantations at elevations of 1600 to 1700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with erect, straight, terete, 2 internoded ramicauls enveloped almost completely by narrow, scarious, tubular, obtuse, carinate, mucronate sheaths and carrying a single apical, erect, fleshy, blade slightly arching, linear-elliptic to linear oblong, rounded, emarginate apically, with a minute mucro between the lobes, attenuate below into the channeled petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and again in fall on an erect, arising through a thickened, scarious, conduplicate, triangular, acute, shortly apiculate, carinate annulus, racemose, peduncle .52 to .8" [1.4 to 2 cm] long, provided with a funnel-shaped, membraneous, oblique, broadly obtuse apically, apiculate, carinate bract, longer than the leaf, 2.6" [6.5 cm] long, producing new inflorescence over years, nocturnal, opening and closing over several days, simultaneosuly many flowered inflorescence with funnel-shaped, narrow, membraneous, oblique, broadly obtuse apically, apiculate, carinate floral bracts


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Brittonia 63: 326 Solano 2011 drawing fide;