Stelis tonduziana Schltr. 1918 SECTION Stelis

Photo by J Munoz and The Project Noah Webiste Website


Photo by Nate Emery and His Flickr Photo Website

TYPE sheet

TYPE Drawing by Ames and The Epidendra Website

Common Name Tonduz's Stelis [Costa Rican Orchid Enthusiast 1900's]

Flower Size .32" [8mm]

Found in Costa Rica in montane wet forests at elevations around 1500 to 2000 meters as a small to medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 3, inflated, evanescent sheaths and carrying a single, apical, elliptic-oblong, obtuse and apically tridenticulate, cuneate below into the caniculate, petiolate base leaf that blooms on a subdistichous, erect to arched, 4.8 to 11.2" [12 to 28 cm] long including the 1.2 to 1.6 [3 to 4 cm] long peduncle, densely many flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe and with large, cucullate, acuminate floral bracts and carrying subnutant, transverse or non resupinate flowers

CAUTION Neither photo shows enough detail for an absolutely positive id but the ramicaula and leaf is correct for the first photo; the second photo has too many inflorescence so most likely is not correct. The Type drawing is absolutely correct.

Synonyms Apatostelis tonduziana (Schltr.) Garay 1979

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Beih. Bot. Centralbl., Abt. 2 36(2): 393 Rchb.f 1918;

Bot. Mus. Leafl. 27: 191 Garay 1979 as Apatostelis tonduziana;

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

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide to the drawing ok to photo;

Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 2 Morales 2009 photo good to photo;