Stelis powellii Schltr. 1922 SECTION Stelis

Photo by S Manning


Drawing by Hamer


Common Name Powell's Stelis [American Botanist in Panama 1900's]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama in wet montane forests at elevations around 1300 meters as a miniature to small sized, warm growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, approximate ramicauls enveloped by 2 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptic-ovate, obtuse, attenuate below in to the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on an erect, [7 to 9 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence with either infundibular acuminate or almost flat, wide mouthed, revolute sided, longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying light green stipled with red flowers with brown-red central apparatus.

"Recognized by its habit, large bracts and its peculiar lip with 2 triangular flaps that partially cover the face of the lip." O Duque 2008


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 drawing fide;

Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 1287 Hamer 1985 drawing fide;

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

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide;