Stelis costaricensis Rchb.f. 1855

Leaf and Inflorescence Photos by Bogarin and The Epidendra Website

LATER EARLIER

Common Name The Costa Rican Stelis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Costa Rica at elevations around 1625 meters as a mini-miniature sized cool growing 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 floral bracts.

Synonyms Apatostelis costaricensis (Rchb.f.) Garay 1979; Stelis minutiflora Ames & C.Schweinf. 1925; Stelis platycardia Schltr. 1923

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Bonplandia (Hanover) 3(15-16): 225 Rchb.f 1855; Schedul. Orch. 8: 18-19. Ames & Schweinf. 1925 as S minutiflora

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