Stelis martinezii Solano 1993 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Photo/TYPE drawing by © Soto and The Epidendra Website


Common Name Martinez's Stelis [Mexican Original Collector of species]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Oaxaca and Chiapas states of Mexico at elevations of 1000 to 1600 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect to arcuate, coriaceous, linear-oblanceolate, acute to sub rounded, recurvate apically, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring, summer through earlier fall on an erect, congested, distichous, 3.2 to 4" [8 to 10 cm] long including the .8 to 1" [2 to 2.5 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously several flowered inflorescence from a conduplicate, triangular, acute spathe below the apex of the ramicaul with obliquely infundibular, acute, about as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying yellow flowers witha red centrala apparatus.

"Similar to S oaxacana and S veracruzensis. It differs from S oaxacana because it has a longer peduncle with 3 to 5 bracts and a longer inflorescence and the purple flowers with pilose sepals. S veracruzensis differs in its narrower leaves .2 to .32" [5 to 8 mm] wide, the bracts of the peduncle and the floral bracts less apiculate, smaller flowers .06 to .1" [1.5 to 2.5 mm] the slightly smaller flowers .12 to .16" [3 to 4 mm] wide and the less pilose sepals." Solano 1993


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Orquídea (Mexico City), n.s., 13(1-2): 61-63, f. 25-26, foto 26. Solano 1993 photo/drawing fide; Orquidaceae Stelis Swartz A compendium Duque 2008 drawing ok; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018