Stelis morganii Dodson & Garay 1980


Photo by Cloudforest Orchids and Cloudforest Orchid Photo Website


Drawing by Oscar Duque

Common Name Morgan's Stelis [American Co-Discoverer of Species current]

Flower Size .15" [3 mm]

Found in Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Ecuador in very wet, montane cloud forests on mossy trunks at elevations of 1000 to 2100 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing, repent ascending epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular, lightly expanded apically, acuminate sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrwoly elliptic, acute gradually narrowing into the conduplicate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on 1 to 2, erect to suberect, 1.6" [4 cm] long, many flowered, racemose inflorescence cucullate, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying whitish green to pink colored flowers.

" Distiguished by its creeping rhizome, ramose stems, oblong leaves and its racemes borne on the backs of the leaf." O Duwue


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 328 Dodson 1980 drawing fide;

Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz, A Compendium Duque 2008 drawinmg fide