Stelis standleyi Ames 1925 SECTION Stelis

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TYPE Drawing of S persimilis

Drawing by Oakes Ames

Common Name Standley's Stelis [American Botanist 1900's]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Cartago, San Jose and Alajuela provinces of Costa Rica and Panama in montane forests at elevations of 1000 to 2000 meters as a small to just medium sized, cool growing, epiphtye with stout, crowded, erect, slender, ramicauls enveloped by 3 tubular, slightly dilated sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptic-lanceolate, obtuse, tridenticulate, attenuate below into the 1" or so petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a much longer than the leaf, arising through a spathe, racemose, subdistichous, 6.8 to 8" [17 to 20 cm] long, many flowered inflorecence with infundibular, acute, tinged with purple floral bracts that conceal the pedicel and carrying purple flowers.

"A tall slender plant similar to S tonduziana but differs in the smaller flower, 3 nerved sepals and differently shaped petals.

Synonyms Stelis persimilis Ames 1934

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Schedul. Orch. 9: 21-23. Ames 1925

Bot. Mus. Leafl. 2: 14 Ames 1934 Stelis persimilis Drawing fide;

Bot. Mus. Leafl. 27: 190 Garay 1979 as Apatostelis standlei;

Bot. Mus. Leafl. 27(7-9): 191. Garay 1979 as Apatostelis persimilis;

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

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz, A Compendium Duque 2008 Drawing good