Stelis storkii Ames 1935 SUBGENUS Stellata SECTION Rhomboideae fendleri alliance Duque 2008 Photos by David Jimenez

Type Drawing Drawing by Blanche Ames and The Epidendra Website

Common Name Stork's Stelis [Original Colector of Species early 1900's]

Flower Size 1/5" [5 mm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in cloud forest, from 100 to 2200 meters above sea level in shaded places as a mini-miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls envelopd by 3 tubular sheaths with the uppermost slightly dilated and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptic-oblong, subacute, shortly apiculate, narrowing below into the short, sulcate, petiolate base leaf that blooms on 1 to 2, racemsoe, distichous, 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long, loosely flowered inflorescence arising through a small conduplicate spathe with infundibular, apiculate floral bract.

CAUTION It is impossible to verify the photo as the flowers are too small but the plant form is correct. The drawing is absolutely correct.

References W3 Tropicos Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz, A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing hmm to photo