Stelis gracilis Ames 1908

SECTION Stelis

Drawing by Solano and The Herbario AMO Website

Plant and Flowers

Drawing

Photo/drawing by Senghas/Hamer

Another Drawing

Drawing by Solano and The Herbario AMO Website

Common Name The Beautiful Stelis

Flower Size .15" [3 mm]

Found in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama in dense, wet tropical forests at elevations around 1050 to 1100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with erect to ascending, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3, scarious sheaths and carrying a single apical, erect, subcoriaceous, oblanceolate, conduplicate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and summer on a filiform, slender, peduncle .6 to .8" [1.5 to 2 cm] long, rachis 4.2" [10.5 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence with tubular, obliquely truncate, apiculate, shorter tahn the ovary floral rbats and carrying greenish white flowers.

"Recognized by the very short ramicauls covered completely by sheaths and carrying a linear-oblong to oblanceolate leaves. The inflorescence is about as long as the leaves, the peduncle is short .6 to .8" [1.5 to 2 cm] long,, minute flowers about .12" [3 mm] wide, with inflexed sepals, with the margin revolute, ovate and glabrous, the petals are cuneate-flabellate, attenuste to the base, single nerved and the lip is subrhombic to ovate-rhombic, narrow at the base with a longitudinal glenion limited by the 2 more or leass median calluii." Solano 1993

Synonyms Stelis panamensis Schltr.1918

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Fascile 2:266 Ames 1908;

Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Fascile 3:74 Ames 1908

Studies in the Family Orchidaceae Fascile 3:7 Ames 1908 drawing fide;

Beih. Bot. Centralbl. 36(2): 391 Schlechter 1918 as S panamensis;

The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 as S panamensis;

Orchids of Guatemala Ames, O. & D. S. Correll 1952

Orchids of Guatemala Ames, O. & D. S. Correll 1952 drawing good;

Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965;

Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1279 Hamer 1984 drawing fide;

Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 1284 Hamer 1985 as S panamensis drawing good;

ORQUIDEA (MEX.) 13(1- 2) Solano and Soto Arenas . DICIEMBRE 1993 drawing fide to Soloano Drawing;

Harvard Pap. Bot. 5 #2: Carnevali etal. 2001;

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

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing good;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 as a S panamensis drawing good;

Diversity of Pleurothallidinae in Guatemala: An Endangered Orchid Subtribe with High Economic and Horticultural Potentials Edgar Mo Mo, Cetzal, Basu and Vega 2017 photo fide;

Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018

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