Stelis aprica Lindl. 1937 SECTION Stelis Photo courtesy of Dalton Holland Baptista and Orchidstudium

Another Inflorescence

Plant and Flowers Photos by Luis Felipe Varela

Part sun Hot Cool Winter Spring

Common Name The Sun-Loving Stelis

Flower Size 1/6" [4 mm]

Found in Brazil in low to high elevation, wet montane foersts at elevations of 70 to 1800 meters as a miniature sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with robust ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 scarious, tight sheaths and carrying a single apical, erect, subcoriaceous, linear-lanceolate, gradually narrows below into the conduplicate, sulcate petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring through an annulus with an erect, to 4 1/5" [11 cm] long, many [30] flowered inflorescence with tight, tubular floral bracts.

Synonyms Stelis catharinensis Lindl. 1836; Stelis crassifolia Lindl. 1842; Stelis cubensis Schltr. 1923; Stelis desportesii Urb. 1918; Stelis domingensis Cogn 1910; Stelis gutturosa Rchb.f. 1854; Stelis herzogii Schltr. 1913; Stelis micrantha Barb.Rodr. 1881; Stelis microglossa Rchb.f. 1850; Stelis miersii Lindl. 1843; Stelis minutiflora Rchb.f. 1842; Stelis polystachya Cogn.1909; Stelis rodriguesii Cogn. 1896; Stelis tippenhaueri Urb. 1917

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854 as S gutturosa; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909 as S polystachya; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909 as S domingensis; Flora of Jamaica Fawcett & Rendle 1910 as S micrantha drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as S miersii; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as S micrantha drawing ok; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 17. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as S cuspidilabia; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 97. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as S selleniglossa; Orchids of Peru Vol 1 Schweinfurth 1958 as S herzogii; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as S miersii; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 4 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 not = S schomburgkii; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 drawing hmm; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 as S gutturosa drawing ok; Fieldiana Biology, Vol 33, 1st Supple. to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1970; Las Orquideas De El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 drawing/photo okish; Orchidaceae Brasilense Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1976 drawing ok; Orchidaceae Brasilense Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1976 as S microglossa drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing not = S schomburgkii; Las Orquideas de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1272 Dodson 1985 drawing good to the 1st photo; Catalogo Descriptivo de las Orquideas Cubanas Acuna 1987 as S cubensis; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 766 Bennett & Christenson 2001 drawing fide to the 2nd photo; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000 as Stelis cubensis; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000 as Stelis desportesii; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000 as Stelis domingensis; Orquideas de Bolivia Vol 1 Vasquez & Ibisch 2000 as S herzogii; The Orchids of Cuba Llamacho & Larremendi 2005 as S cubensis photo fide; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz, A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing OK; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz, A Compendium Duque 2008 as S catharinensis drawing OK; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz, Compendium Duque 2008 as S micrantha; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz, Compendium Duque 2008 as S microglossa; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz, Compendium Duque 2008 as S selenoglosssa; The Organ Mountain Range Its History and its orchids Miller, Warren and Seehauer 2008 drawing good; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide; Orchidees du Bresil As Orquideas da Serra do Castelo [Espirito Santo Brazil] Chiron & Bolsanello Vol 2 2013 photo good

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