Stelis glossula Rchb.f. 1870 SECTION Humboldtia Photos by Bogarin, Used under permission of Epidendra Website CR

Full shade Hot Winter Spring EARLY Summer

Common Name The Tongue-Like Stelis [probably refers to the elongate dorsal sepal]

Flower Size 1/4" [6.5 mm]

This ID is fairly certain.

Found in Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and coastal Ecuador in scrub forests on small branches at elevations of 40 to 450 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with short, erct ramicauls enveloped by 1 to 2 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic-oblong, subobtuse, tridenticulate apically, attenuate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms winter, spring and early summer on an erect, much longer than the leaf, to 3.6" [to 9 cm] long, racemose, distichous, densely many flowered inflorescence with adpressed, infundibular, obtuse floral bracts and carrying the flowers in the upper third of the inflorescence.

Synonyms Apatostelis glossula (Rchb.f.) Garay 1979; Stelis inaequalis Ames 1923

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 as S inaequalis drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1103 Dodson & Hamer 1984 as Apatostelis glossula drawing fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 as Apatostelis glossula drawing fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 as Apatostelis inaequalis drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchid Vol 5 Dodson 2004 maybe; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2005 as Stelis grossula drawing/photo fide; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing good; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 as S inaequalis drawing good; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide;

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