Stelis ciliaris Lindl. 1836 SECTION Stelis Photo by Eric Hagsater © and The Herbario AMO Website

Inflorescence Photo by © Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Another Flower in situ Cocora Colombia Photo by © Jay Pfahl


Common Name The Hairy Stelis

Flower Size 3/8" [1 cm]

Found from Mexico to Colombia in hot lowlands and wet premontane forests at elevations of sealevel to 1100 meters as a small sized, hot growing epiphyte with stout sheathed ramicauls carrying a single, apical, linear to elliptic-oblanceolate, obtuse and obliquely 3 toothed or retuse apically, erect, leathery leaf that tapers gradually, basally into a short petiole that blooms in the late fall and early winter on an erect to arching, loosely many flowered, slender, 10" + [25 cm+] long inflorescence with obliquely tubular, reddish floral bracts and has highly variable shaped flowers.

Synonyms Apatostelis ciliaris (Lindl.) Garay 1979; Apatostelis jimenezii (Schltr.) Garay 1979; Apatostelis pendulispica (Ames) Garay 1979; Stelis atropurpurea Hook. 1842; Stelis bruchmuelleri Rchb.f 1880; Stelis confusa Schltr. 1918; Stelis eublepharis Rchb.f. 1855; Stelis gratiosa Luer 1979; Stelis fimbriata R.K.Baker 1968; Stelis garayi (Dunst.) Carnevali & I.Ramírez 1990; Stelis jimenezii Schltr. 1918; Stelis micrantha var. atropurpurea (Hook.) Josst 1851; Stelis pendulispica Ames 1934

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as S atropurpurea; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing ok; Orchids of Guatemala Ames Correll 1952 drawings good; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1101 Hamer & Dodson 1984 as Apatostelis ciliaris drawing ok; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 as Apotostelis ciliaris drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 as S jimenezii; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo fide; Algunas Orquideas de Oaxaca Suarez 2004 photo fide; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing ok; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 as S garayii drawing good; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 as S pendulispica drawing good; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; An Illustrated Field Guide to the Orchids of the Yotoco Forest Reserve Colombia Kolanowska, Escobar, Sanchez & Szlachetko 2011 drawing good