Stelis vespertina Solano & Soto Arenas 1993 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing TYPE Drawing/Photos R Jimenez and The Herbario AMO Website

LATE

Common Name The Little Stelis

Flower Size .22" [5.5mm]

Found in Chiapas Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador in cloud forests at elevations around 1550 to 1600 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with an erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, oblanceolate to elliptical, rounded, att enuate and conduplicate below into the subsessile base leaf that blooms in the late spring, fall and winter on an erect, distichous, 7.2 to 11.2" [18 to 28 cm] long including the 1.6 to 4.4 " [4 to 11 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously 20 to 40 flowered inflorescence arising through a spathe with obliquely infundibular, subacute, slightly revolute floral bracts.

Synonyms Stelis aliquantula Luer & Hirtz 2007; Stelis orbiculata Luer & Endara 2007

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Las Orquideas de El Salvador Vol II Hamer 1974 as S vestita drawing/photo fide; Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 1292 Dodson 1985 as S williamsii drawing fide; *ORQUIDEA (MEX.) 13(1- 2) 19 Solano and Soto Arenas . DICIEMBRE 1993 drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Luer 2002 drawing fide; Orchids of Mexico Hagsater etal 2005 photo good; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Luer 2007 as S aliquantula drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIX Luer 2007 as S orbiculata drawing fide; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz, A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide;

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