Stelis oaxacana Solano 1993 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing Photo/Drawing by © Jimenez/Salazar and The Epidendra Website

Common Name or Meaning The Oaxaca Stelis [refers to the flowers habitat]

Flower Size .16 to .2" [4 to 5 mm]

Found in Vera Cruz and Oaxaca states of Mexico in cloud forests or wet scrubby dwarf forests at elevations of 1900 to 2500 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing, shortly repent epiphyte with a sort rhizome giving rise to erect, slender ramicauls enveloped 2 tubular, obtuse sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect to arching, coriaceous, linear to narrowly oblanceolate to elliptic, acute, narrowing below into the short, thin, channeled petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring, summer to early fall on an erect arising through a conduplicate, triangular, acute spathe below the apex of the ramicaul, becoming slightly arching towards the apex, secund, 3.4 to 6.2" [8.5 to 15.5 cm] long including the 1.2 to 3" [3 to 7.5 cm] long peduncle, simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with thin, obliquely infundibular, obtuse floral bracts and carrying nocturnal, purplish red flowers. Closely related to S nagelii and S parvula


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Orquídea (Mexico City), n.s., 13(1-2): 69-73, f. 31-33, foto 27 Solano 1993 drawing/photo fide;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing good;