Stelis purpurascens A.Rich. & Galeotti 1845 SUBGENUS Stellata SECTION Disticha purpurescens alliance Duque 2008

Plant and Flowers in situ in Nicaragua Photos by © Sune Holt

Full shade Warm LATESpring Fall

Common Name or Meaning The Shimmering Purple Stelis

Flower Size 1/4" [8mm]

This photo determination is correct.

Found in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama Venezuela and Peru at elevations of 1000 to 1500 meters as a small to just medium sized, warm, growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 close sheaths and carrying a single apical, erect, oblong-lanceolate, coriaceous, rounded and tridentate apically leaf that blooms in the late spring through fall on a terminal, racemose, many flowered, to 8" [to 20 cm] long inflorescence with 2 small, close, acuminate bracts

Synonyms Stelis alfaroi Ames & C.Schweinf. 1925; Stelis bourgeaui Schltr. 1911; Stelis carioi Schltr.1918; Stelis chiapensis Solano 1993; Stelis curvata Schltr. 1912; Stelis fulva Schltr. 1918; Stelis maxonii Schltr. 1918; Stelis purpusii Schltr. 1918; Stelis sotoana Solano 1993; Stelis thermatica Luer & Dodson 2007

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list ,IPNI ; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 as S maxonii; Orchids of Guatemala Ames Correll 1952 drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Fieldiana Biology, Vol 33, 1st Supple. to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1970; Orchids of Guatemala and Belize, Ames and Correl 1985; ORQUIDEA (MEX.) 13(1- 2) Solano and Soto Arenas DICIEMBRE 1993 as S chiapensis drawing/photo fide; ORQUIDEA (MEX.) 13(1- 2) Solano and Soto Arenas DICIEMBRE 1993 as S fulva drawing/photo fide; ORQUIDEA (MEX.) 13(1- 2) 19 Solano and Soto Arenas . DICIEMBRE 1993 drawing/photo fide; ORQUIDEA (MEX.) 13(1- 2) Solano and Soto Arenas DICIEMBRE 1993 as S sotoana drawing/photo fide; A Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Las Orquideas de El Salvador Hamer Vol 2 1974; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1282 Hamer 1985 as S maxonii drawing good; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1289 Hamer 1985 drawing good; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; The Orchids of Mexico Hagsater 2006; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2007 as S thermatica drawing fide; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz, A Compendium Duque 2008 as S maxonii drawing good; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz, A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing good; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz, A Compendium Duque 2008 as S sotoana drawing good; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Luer 2009 as S thermatica drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Luer 2009 drawing fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide

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