Stelis maxonii Schltr. 1918


Drawing by Oscar Duque

Common Name Maxon's Stelis [American Botanist early 1900's]

Flower Size

Found in Chiriqui province of Panama at elevations around 1650 meters as a small to medium sized, cool growing, shortly repent epiphyte or terrestrial with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 1 to 2 tubular, basal sheaths and another separate, longer, tubular bract in the upper third of the ramicaul and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic-oblong, subobtuse and retuse, attenuate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on 1 to 3, arising through a compressed spathe, erect, peduncle 1.2" [3 cm] long, rachis slightly flexuous, subdistichous, 2.4 to 3.2" [6 to 8 cm] long, mostly simultaneously, 10 to 15 flowered inflorescence with cucullate, acuminate, partially slitted dorsally, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying clear to dark purple flowers.

"Related to and often cited as a synonym of S purpurescens


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Beih. Bot. Centralbl. 36(2): 389 Schlechter 1918;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 Drawing fide;