Stelis choriantha Dod 1986 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Donald Dod

Full shade Warm LATER

Common Name The Well Spaced Flowers Stelis

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Haiti on the Massif de Hotte on trees on karst rocks in broadleaved forests at elevations around 950 meters as a miniature sized, warm growing, caespitose epiphyte with slightly curved ramicauls enveloped by narrow, acute, glabrous sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, fleshy, obovate, rounded apically, emarginate, bidentate, mucronate, attenuate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later fall on an erect, thin, slighty fractiflex, 2.8" [7 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence with ochreous, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying well spaced, secund, nutant flowers.

"The separation of .08 to .1" [2 t 2.5 mm] between each flower is diagnostic. In the genus Stelis, flowers with a narrow furrow on the lip, it is the only one that has a dorsal sepal the same size as the laterals." Dod 1986


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Moscosoa 4: 160 Dod 1986 drawing fide;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing good;