Stelis microchila Schltr. 1911 SECTION Stelis Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by Hanging Gardens

Inflorescence Photo by Daniel Jimenez

Full shade Warm Cool winter Spring Summer Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Small Lipped Stelis

Flower Size .1" [2.5 mm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama and Ecuador in lower primary montane to montane rainforest to pine-oak forests at elevations of 900 to 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool gowing epiphyte with an erect ramiucal enveloped by 2 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, oblanceolate, subacute, gradually narrowing below into the short petiolate base leaf that blooms at most any time of the year on an erect, racemose, 4" [10 cm] long, congested, distichous, secund, many flowered inflorescence with obliquely funnel-shaped, acute floral bracts.

Synonyms Stelis barbata Rolfe 1913; Stelis bryophila Schltr. 1923; Stelis cinerea Schltr. 1918; Stelis costaricensis Schltr. 1918

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list, IPNI ; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 16. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as S bryophila; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 16. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as S costaricensis; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 278. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as S costaricensis; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; Orchids of Guatemala Correl & Ames 1952 drawing ok; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Die Orchideen #7 25-28 tafel 8 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 drawing hmm; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 326 Dodson 1980 drawing fide as Stelis barbata drawing ok; Las Orquedias de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 as Stelis barbata drawing/photo fide; Icones Orchidaceaerum Plate 686 Hagsater & Soto 2002 as S barbata drawing fide; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater etal 2005 photo ok; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2005 photo as Stelis barbata drawing/photo ok; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz, Compendium Duque 2008 drawing good; A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species Vol 2 Parsons and Gerritsen 2013 photo fide

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