Stelis werklei Schltr. 1923 Type Sheet by Schlechter/Ames and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name Werkle's Stelis [German Orchid Collector in Costa Rica 1900's]

Flower Size

Found in Costa Rica in pluvial and cloudf forests at elevations of 1500 to 1800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with an erect ramicaul enveloped by 2 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-oblong, obtuse, tridenticulate, attenuate below into the caniculate petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on an erect, strongly fractiflex, , to 2.4 to 6" [6 to 15 cm] long including the 1" [2.5 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously several flowered inflorescence arising from a very small, acute spathe with cucullate, acuminate floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 19: 20 Schlechter 1923; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 1291 Hamer 1985 drawing ok; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz , A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide;