Stelis transversalis Ames 1934 SECTION Stelis

Photo by Karremans and The Epidendra Website


Photo Dennis Leandro


Holotype Sheet by Ames and The Epidendra Website


Common Name The Crossed Stelis [refers to the callus of the lip]

Flower Size

Found in Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Ecuador at lower elevations as a small sized, hot growing epiphyte with an erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by a 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-oblong, rounded, narrowing below into the sulcate petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early winter on 1 to 2, erect, slender, subcongested, distichous, sublax, to 10.8" [to 27 cm] long including the 2.8 to 6" [7 to 15 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence arising through a short, conduplicate spathe shortly with infundibular, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying greenish-yellow, glabrous flowers.

"Recognized by the more or less transverse disposition of the flowers over the rachis and by its asymmetrical convex sepals." Duque 2008


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Bot. Mus. Leafl. 2(6): 91-95 Ames 1934 drawing fide;

Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 8 449 - 512 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1976 photo fide;

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

Orchidaceae Stelis Sw. A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide;

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