Stelis vespertina Solano & Soto Arenas 1993 SECTION Stelis Photo by The Orquideas Mexicanas Website

Common Name The Little Stelis

Flower Size

Found in Chiapas Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador in cloud forests at elevations around 1550 to 1600 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with an erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, oblanceolate to elliptical, rounded, att enuate and conduplicate below into the subsessile base leaf that blooms on an erect, distichous, 7.2 to 11.2" [18 to 28 cm] long including the 1.6 to 4.4 " [4 to 11 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously 20 to 40 flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe with obliquely infundibular, subacute, slightly revolute floral bracts.

Synonyms Stelis aliquantula Luer & Hirtz 2007; Stelis orbiculata Luer & Endara 2007

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Las Orquideas de El Salvador Vol II Hamer 1974 as S vestita drawing/photo fide; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 1292 Dodson 1985 as S williamsii drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Luer 2002 drawing fide; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater etal 2005 photo good; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Luer 2007 as S aliquantula drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Luer 2007 as S orbiculata drawing fide; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz, A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide;