Stelis costaricensis Rchb.f. 1855 SECTION Stelis

Leaf and Inflorescence

Photos by Bogarin and The Epidendra Website

Drawing

Drawing by Carl Luer

LATER EARLIER

Common Name The Costa Rican Stelis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Cartago province of Costa Rica at elevations around 1625 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with ascending, slender ramicauls enveloped by 1 to 3 loose, imbricating, infundibuliform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptical, acute to obtuse, subcuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer and earlier fall on 1 to 4, erect, very densely, distichous, to .6 to 1 [1.5 to 2.5 cm] long including the peduncle, shorter than the leaf, mostly simultaneously several flowered inflorescence with minute, infundibular, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying clear yellowish-green, glabrous flowers.

"Distinguished by its place of origin, small size, broad leaves, short inflorescence, univeined petals and its monolobular stigma." O Duque 2008

Synonyms Apatostelis costaricensis (Rchb.f.) Garay 1979; Stelis minutiflora Ames & C.Schweinf. 1925; Stelis neominutiflora J.M.H.Shaw 2014; Stelis platycardia Schltr. 1923

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Bonplandia (Hanover) 3(15-16): 225 Rchb.f 1855;

Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 19: 18 Schlechter 1923 as S platycardia;

Schedul. Orch. 8: 18-19. Ames & Schweinf. 1925 as S minutiflora;

Bot. Mus. Leafl. 27: 188 Garay 1979 as Apatostelis costaricensis;

Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing ok;

Orchid Rev. 122: 78 J M H Shaw 2014 as Stelis neominutiflora

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