Stelis aeolica Solano & Soto Arenas 1993 SECTION Stelis

TYPE drawing

TYPE Photo by Fritz Hamer/TYPE Drawing by R Solano and The Herbario AMO Website


Common Name The Airy Stelis [refers to its location with great ventilation]

Flower Size .08 to .1" [2 to 2.5 mm]

Found in Chiapas state of Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador in cloud-forests on oaks at elevations around 2000 to 2250 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with very short stems carrying an erect, oblong-lanceolate, obtuse to acute, tridenticulate, fleshy, attenuate below into the articulate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring on an erect, peduncle .4 to .75" [1 to 1.8 cm] long, erect, filiform, rachis erect, filiform, .8 to 1.4 [2 to 3.5 cm] long overall, racemose, 2 ranked on the same side, 6 to 12 flowered inflorescence arising though a basal, triangular, acute, carinate, scarious spathe and 3 obliquely infundibulaform, below the middle, wide mouthed, obtuse, shortly apiculate bracts and obliquely infundibular, obtuse, sometimes with revolute margins, mucronate, membraneous-transluscecnt floral bracts and carrying very small, green, successively opening flowers from the base up to the apex.

"Similar to Stelis ovatilabia but is distinguished by the plant that reaches 3.2" [8 cm] tall, the leaf is .48" [1.2 cm] wide, the longer inflorescence generally has more than 10 flowers the largest .1 to .14" [2.5 to 3.5 mm] wide, the lip is ovate-triangular with a thick, prominent callus that goes to the base, the less wide apically column with the stigmatic lobules less evident and about twice as large as the petals." Solano & Soto Arenas 1993


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* ORQUIDEA (MEX.) 13(1- 2) 19 Solano and Soto Arenas . DICIEMBRE 1993 drawing/photo fide;

Diversity of Pleurothallidinae in Guatemala: An Endangered Orchid Subtribe with High Economic and Horticultural Potentials Edgar Mo Mo, Cetzal, Basu and Vega 2017 photo not;

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