Stelis hymenantha Schltr. 1912 SECTION Stelis

Plant and Flowers

Drawing Photo/Drawing by Senghas/Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at he Jany Renz Herbaria Website

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Common Name The Membraneous Stelis [refers to the sepals]

Flower Size .8 [2 mm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Hinduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, and Ecuador at elevations around 700 to 2200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath and another below the middle and another about the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and fall on an erect, dense , distichous, subsecund, .8 to 3.2" [2 to 8 cm] long including the .2 to .4" [.5 to 1 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously several to many flowered inflorescence arising from below the apex of the ramicaul and has oblique, acute floral bracts.

Synonyms Stelis cuspidilabia Schltr. 1923; Stelis seleniglossa Schltr. 1923

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; Orchids of Guatemala Ames Correll 1952 drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 6 1958; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970; Die Orchideen #7 25-28 tafel 8 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 as drawing good; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide;

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