Stelis parvula Lindl. 1859 SUBGENUS Stellata SECTION Disticha purpurescens alliance Duque 2008 Photo by © Roberto Martins and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Inflorescence Photo by the The Belize Botanic Garden Website

Another Flower? Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl


Common Name The Small Stelis

Flower Size 1/4" [7mm]

A miniature epiphytic species that is found in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama in wet montane forests at elevations of sealevel to 1700 meters as a hot to warm growing orchid with glabrous ramicauls enveloped basally by tubular, scarious sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, narrowly oblanceolate to linear, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that is apically, bi or tri-dentate and blooms in the late spring through earlier fall on an axillary, racemose, 4 1/2" [11 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence arising through a small annulus with the flowers opening at night and closing through the day.

Synonyms Pleurothallis platyglottis L.O.Williams 1951; Stelis bidentata Schltr. 1912

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , Orchids of Guatemala Ames Correll 1952 as S bidentata drawing fide; Orchids of Guatemala Ames Correll 1952; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as S bidentata; Las Orquideas De El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 as S bidentata drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 5 1979 as S bidentata; Orquídea (Mexico City), n.s., 7[3]: 1979; Las Orquideas de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 as S bidentata drawing ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1274 Dodson 1985 as S bidentata drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1285 Dodson 1985 drawing good; ORQUIDEA (MEX.) 13(1- 2). DICIEMBRE 1993 as S bidentata drawing/photo ok; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 581 Bennett & Christenson 1998 drawing good; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz, Compendium Duque 2008 good; Orchidees du Bresil As Orquideas da Serra do Castelo [Espirito Santo Brazil] Chiron & Bolsanello Vol 2 2013 photo ok