Stelis werklei Schltr. 1923 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Collection Sheet by Schlechter/Ames


Common Name Werkle's Stelis [German Orchid Collector in Costa Rica 1900's]

Flower Size

Found in Costa Rica in pluvial and cloud forests at elevations of 1500 to 1800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caepitose epiphyte with an erect ramicaul enveloped by 2 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-oblong, obtuse, tridenticulate, attenuate below into the caniculate petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on an erect, arising from a very small, acute spathe, strongly fractiflex, , to 2.4 to 6" [6 to 15 cm] long including the 1" [2.5 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously several flowered inflorescence with cucullate, acuminate, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying glabrous or diminutively pubescent on the edges flowers that are dull red in the center and greenish at the margins.

Compared to S flexuosa and S tolimensis


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 19: 20 Schlechter 1923;

Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 1291 Hamer 1985 drawing ok;

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

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz , A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide;