Stelis tenuissima Schltr. 1918

Drawing by R Solano and The Herbario AMO Website


Common Name The Most Delicate Stelis

Flower Size .08" [2mm]

Found in Chiapas state of Mexico, Guatemala and Panama in cloud-forests on oaks at elevations around 1600 to 1900 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with short, erect stems carrying an erect, linear to semi-terete, obtuse, oblique, fleshy leaf that blooms in the later spring through early summer on an erect, racemose, peduncle terete, less than 1.2" [3 cm] long, arising through a basal, conduplicate, narrowly triangular, acuminate spathe and 2 shortly tubular, obtuse, shortly apiculate membraneous-transluscent bracts above, longer than the leaf, 2.4 to 3.2" [6 to 8 cm] long overall, rachis erect to arcuate, about as thin as the peduncle, 25 to 35 flowered inflorescence with obliquely infundibuliform, obtuse, shortly apiculate, wide mouthed, dorsally carinate floral bracts and carrying distichous flowers all held on one side of the inflorescence.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , ORQUIDEA (MEX.) 13(1- 2) Solano and Soto Arenas . DICIEMBRE 1993 drawing fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018