Stelis nagelii Solano 1993


TYPE Drawing

Photo/Drawing by © Solano and The Epidendra Website


Common Name Nagel's Stelis [German Orchid Collector in Mexico later 1900's]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Puebla state of Mexico at elevations around 1580 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly oblanceolate to elliptic, obtuse, cuneate below into the shortly petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring and early summer on an erect, distichous, congested, 3.4 to 6" [8.5 to 15 cm] long including the 1.4 to 2.6" [3.5 to 6.5 cm] long filiform peduncle, simultaneously several, many flowered inflorescence arising through a conduplicate, narrowly triangular spathe with obliquely infundibular, obtuse, shortly apiculate, longer than the ovary floral bracts.

"S . nagelii is recognized by its purple flowers subrhombic petals with obtuse angles, densely granular on the apical margin, the transversely elliptical, obtuse. strongly excavated in the apical half lip, the column widens at the apex and is colliculata pilose on the ventral sides, and has the lobes of the stigma divergent and the peduncle has 3, prominent, obliquely infundibular bracts. Solano 1993


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Orquídea (Mexico City), n.s., 13(1-2): 67-69, f. 29 [as "56"], 30, foto 24 Solano 1993 photo/drawing fide;

Orchidaceaea Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide;

Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018