Stelis aemula Schltr. 1918 SUBGENUS Stellata SECTION Disticha purpurescens alliance Duque 2008 TYPE Photo by Fritz Hamer/TYPE Drawing by R Solano and The Herbario AMO Website

Inflorescence Photo courtesy of Dmitry Demin

Drawing Drawing by Fritz Hamer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name The Similar Looking Stelis

Flower Size .15" [4.5mm]

Found from Costa Rica to Ecuador at elevations around 500 to 1600 meters meters as a small sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with erect, elongate ramicauls enveloped basally by several, close, tubular, acuminate sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic, round and retuse apically, gradually narrows below into a short, conduplicate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring and early summer on an erect, 8" [20 cm] long, many flowered, racemose inflorescence that is longer than the leaf and has small floral bracts.

Synonyms Stelis perplexa Ames 1922; Stelis sarcodantha Schltr. 1918

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 170. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; Orchids of Guatemala Ames Correll 1952 as S perplexa; Las Orquideas de El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 as S perplexa drawing/photo good; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 325 Dodson 1980 drawing ok; Las Orquideas de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1271 Dodson 1985 drawing fide to drawing; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1286 Dodson 1985 as Stelis perplexa drawing ok; ORQUIDEA (MEX.) 13(1- 2) Solano and Soto Arenas . DICIEMBRE 1993 as S perplexadrawing/photo fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz, Compendium Duque 2008 NOT SURE; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz, A Compendium Duque 2008 as S perplexa drawing ok