Stelis tonduziana Schltr. 1918 Photo by Nate Emery and His Flickr Photo Website

type sheet Drawing by Ames and The Epidendra Website

Common Name Tonduz's Stelis [Costa Rican Orchid Enthusiast 1900's]

Flower Size .32" [8mm]

Found in Costa Rica in montane wet forests at elevations around 1500 to 2000 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 3, inflated, evanescent sheaths and carrying a single, apical, elliptic-oblong, obtuse and apically tridenticulate, cuneate below into the caniculate, petiolate base leaf that blooms on a subdistichous, erect to arched, 4.8 to 11.2" [12 to 28 cm] long including the 1.2 to 1.6 [3 to 4 cm] long peduncle, densely many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe and with large, cucullate, acuminate floral bracts and carrying subnutant, transverse or non resupinate flowers

CAUTION The photo does not have enough detail for a positive ID so please use with caution

Synonyms Apatostelis tonduziana (Schltr.) Garay 1979

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Beih. Bot. Centralbl., Abt. 2 36(2): 393 Rchb.f 1918; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide to the drawing ok to photo; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 2 Morales 2009 photo good to photo;