Stelis chasei Luer 2001 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing

Photo/TYPE drawing by © Bogarin/Luer and The Epidendra Website


Common Name Chase’s Stelis [US Born British Botanist current]

Flower Size .12” [3 mm]

Found in Cartago province of Costa Rica at elevations around 650 to 700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot to warm growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a loose,tubular sheath and 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on an erect, laxly, 2.4” [6 cm] long including the 1.4” [3.5 cm] long peduncle, to 8 flowered inflorescence arising from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul and has tubular, acute, as long as the pedicel floral bracts.

"This species, described from Costa Rica, is similar to Stelis parvula, but it differs in significant details. Stelis chasei is characterized by a small habit with short ramicauls; narrow leaves .24 to .32" [6 to 8 mm] wide; inconspicuous floral bracts; obtuse sepals densely pubescent within; a proportionately large dorsal sepal; distinctly smaller, oblique lateral sepals; proportionately large, flabellate petals; a proportionately small lip with a pubescent callus; and a stigma with stigmatic arms." Luer 2001


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 22(2): 121-122, f. 15 Luer 2001 Drawing fide;

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

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz, A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide