Stelis guatemalensis Schltr. 1899 SECTION Humboldtia Photo courtesy of Noble Bashor

Drawing Drawing by Fritz Hamer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

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Common Name The Guatemalan Stelis

Flower Size 1/10" [2mm]

Chiapas Mx., 1372m elev, Montebello Lakes area, epiphyte

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica in wet montane forests at elevations of 1100 to 1500 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte. The orchid has terete elongate ramicauls enveloped entirely by tight, scarious sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ligulate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf with a tridentate apice and dorsally carinate. This small plant blooms in the summer on 1 or 2, terminal, 4 to 5" [10 to 12.5 cm] long, racemose, many flowered inflorescence that arises from an annulus and has closely set flowers.

Synonyms Stelis patula Schlechter 1912

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchids of Guatemala Ames Correll 1952 drawing good; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1280 Dodson 1985 drawing ok; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide;

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