Stelis transversalis Ames 1934 SECTION Stelis

Photo by Karremans and The Epidendra Website

Inflorescence

Photo Dennis Leandro

Holotype

Holotype Sheet by Ames and The Epidendra Website

EARLY

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

Synonyms

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

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