Stelis umbelliformis Hespenh. & Dressler 1971 Photo by © Karl Senghas and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Umbel Shaped Stelis [refers to the umbel shaped inflorescence]

Flower Size

Found in Panama and Colombia at lower elevations as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, broadly elliptical-oblong, obtuse and tridenticulate, abruptly narrowing below into the short-petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect, .64 to 1.52" [1.6 to 3.8 cm] long, the short umbellate raceme at the apex of the inflorescence, successively 2 to 4, several flowered inflorescence with a deltoid upper bract and a tubular-infundibular lower one with imbricate, acute floral bracts.

Synonyms Apatostelis umbelliformis (Hespenh. & Dressler) Garay 1979; Stelis umbelliformis subsp. brevipedunculata Carnevali & I.Ramírez 1993

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideología 6(1): 21-23 Hespenh & Dressler 1971 drawing/photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide; Orchidaceae Stelis , A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing good;