Stelis salazarii Solano 2000 SECTION Stelis

Drawing by Solano


Common Name Salazar's Stelis [Mexican Botanist Current]

Flower Size .16 [4 mm]

Found in Oaxaca state of Mexico and Guatemala in seasonally dry elfin forests at elevations around 1770 to 1830 meters as a small sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 2 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, oblanceolate to elliptical, rounded, cuneate below into the short petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer on an erect, congested, secund, 3.2 to 5.2" [8 to 13 cm] long including the .6 to 1.4" [1.5 to 3.5 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously 20 to 30 flowered inflorescence arising through a conduplicate spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul with obliquely infundibular, obtuse, wide open, purplish, floral bracts and carrying purplish, nocturnal flowers.

"Characterized by its large, widely open, purplish floral bracts, the most prominent among the Mexoican Stelis, purplish flowers, sepals three veined with hyaline margins; petals tranversely ovate-elliptic; lip orbicular-ovate and the anther has short cells.S sotoana also has purplish floral bracts but these are shorter and acute; in addition the plants are smaller and the petals are subrhombic and the lip is broadly elliptic." Solano 1993/2000


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Lindleyana 15[1]: 48 Solano 2000 drawing fide;

Icones Orchidacearum 5-6 Plate 691 Hagsater & Soto 2002 drawing fide;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide;

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