Stenotyla helleri [Fowlie] Harding 2008 Photo by Karl Senghas and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name Heller's Stenotyla [Nicaraguan Botanist with Central American Orchids 1900's]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Nicaragua in wet montane cloud forests at elevations of 400 to 1500 meters as a small sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with a short stem enveloped completely by several imbricating sheaths with the uppermost few being foliaceous with elliptical, acute leaves that gradually narrow into a conduplicate petiole and blooms in the spring on 3 to 4, basal, erect, 3 3/5" [9 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence enveloped by 2 to 3 elongate, tubular, acuminate sheaths holding the flower at mid leaf. This species differs from the other more common Central American species C lendyana by it's larger flower, creamy yellow color instead of bright chrome yellow, and red-violet stripes as well as the much more erect and broad leafed plant.

Synonyms *Chondrorhyncha helleri Fowlie 1971

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995 as Chondrorhyncha helleri ; Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1992 as Chondrorhyncha helleri; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 26 1584 - 1648 Brieger 1992 as Chondrorhynchya helleri drawing; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993 as Chondrorhyncha helleri; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 635 Hamer 1982 Chondrorhyncha helleri drawing hmm; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 as Chiondrorhynchya helleri drawing fide; Huntleyas and Related Orchids Harding 2008 photo fide