Stelis chiapensis Solano 1993 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing

Photo/TYPE Drawing by R Solano and Orquidea (Mexico City), n.s., 13: 23 Solano 1993

Common Name The Chiapas Stelis [referring to the the location of the type orchid]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Oaxaca and Chiapas Staes of Mexico and Guatemala at elevations around 600 to 1500 meters as a medium sized, cold growing, caespitose lithophyte or epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped partially by a 2, close, tubular sheaths one at the middle and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, oblanceolate, rounded, conduplicate below into the the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter, spring and summer on an erect, arising through an evanescent, obtuse spathe, peduncle, terete, 2.8 to 4.4" [7 to 11 cm] long, rachis 5.2 to 10.8" [13 to 27 cm] long, erect, congested, 2 ranked, many flowered inflorescence with all the flowers facing the same way, and with oblique, infundibuliform, obtuse, longer than the the ovary floral bracts and carrying greenish-yellow flowers.

"Stelis chiapensis similar to S. vespertina and S. purpurascens. It is distinguished from S . vespertina by the shorter inflorescence, with less than 40 purple, slightly larger flowers, .28 to .4" [7 to 10 mm] wide, the sepals clearly 5 nerved, the lip is orbicular-ovate, rounded and deeply concave towards the apex. S. purpurascens has a raceme with less flowers [less than 50] glabrous, distinctly 5 nerved sepals, tranvesely elliptic petals and a much shorter spathe (to .88" [2.2 cm] long,)." Soloano 1993


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Orquidea (Mexico City), n.s., 13: 23 Solano 1993 photo/Drawing fide;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing good;