Stelis ciliaris Lindl. 1836 SECTION Stelis

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Another Flower in situ Cocora Colombia

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Common Name The Hairy Stelis

Flower Size 3/8" [1 cm]

Found from Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Nonduras, Nicaragua,Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Vnezuela, Ecuador and Brazil in hot lowlands and wet premontane forests at elevations of sealevel to 1100 meters as a small sized, hot growing epiphyte with stout sheathed ramicauls carrying a single, apical, linear to elliptic-oblanceolate, obtuse and obliquely 3 toothed or retuse apically, erect, leathery leaf that tapers gradually, basally into a short petiole that blooms in the late fall and early winter on an erect to arching, loosely many flowered, slender, 10" + [25 cm+] long inflorescence with obliquely tubular, reddish floral bracts and has highly variable shaped flowers.

Synonyms Apatostelis ciliaris (Lindl.) Garay 1979; Apatostelis garayi Dunst. 1981; Apatostelis jimenezii (Schltr.) Garay 1979; Apatostelis pendulispica (Ames) Garay 1979; Stelis atropurpurea Hook. 1842; Stelis bruchmuelleri Rchb.f 1880; Stelis confusa Schltr. 1918; Stelis eublepharis Rchb.f. 1855; Stelis fimbriata R.K.Baker 1968; Stelis gratiosa Luer 1979; Stelis garayi (Dunst.) Carnevali & I.Ramírez 1990; Stelis jimenezii Schltr. 1918; Stelis micrantha var. atropurpurea (Hook.) Josst 1851; Stelis mystax-felis Luer & Toscano 2012; Stelis pendulispica Ames 1934; Stelis uhlii Chiron 2013

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Companion Bot. Mag. 2: 353 Lindley 1837;

Beschr. Cult. Orchid.: 38 Joost 1851 as Stelis micranthas var atropurpurea;

Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as S atropurpurea;

Beih. Bot. Centralbl. 36(2): 386 Schlechter 1918 as S confusa;

Beih. Bot. Centralbl. 36(2): 389 Schlechter 1918 as Stelis jimenezii;

Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing ok;

Bot. Mus. Leafl. 2: 85 Ames 1934 as Setlis penduliscapa;

Orchids of Guatemala Ames Correll 1952 drawings good;

Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965;

Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 55: 68 R K Baker 1968 as Stelis fimbriata drawing fide;

Bot. Mus. Leafl. 27: 188 Garay 1979 as Apotostelis ciliaris;

Bot. Mus. Leafl. 27: 189 Garay 1979 as Apotostelis jimenezii;

Bot. Mus. Leafl. 27: 190 Garay 1979 as Apotostelis pendulispica;

Selbyana 5: 192 Luer 1979 sd Stelis gratiosa;

AOS Bulletin Vol 50 # 9 1981 as Apatostelis garayii Drawing/photo fide;

Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1101 Hamer & Dodson 1984 as Apatostelis ciliaris drawing ok;

Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 as Apotostelis ciliaris drawing fide;

Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 77: 556 Carnevali & I.Ramírez 1990 as Stelis garayii;

Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide;

Harvard Pap. Bot. 5 #2: Carnevali etal. 2001;

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

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

Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo fide;

Algunas Orquideas de Oaxaca Suarez 2004 photo fide;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing ok;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 as S garayii drawing good;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 as S pendulispica drawing good;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXX Lepanthes of Jamaica Stelis of Ecuador Part IV Luer 2009 drawing fide;

Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide;

An Illustrated Field Guide to the Orchids of the Yotoco Forest Reserve Colombia Kolanowska, Escobar, Sanchez & Szlachetko 2011 drawing good;

Harvard Pap. Bot. 17: 314 Luer & Toscano 2012 as Stelis mystax-felis; Richardiana 13: 127 Chiron 2013 as Stelis uhli;

Diversity of Pleurothallidinae in Guatemala: An Endangered Orchid Subtribe with High Economic and Horticultural Potentials Edgar Mo Mo, Cetzal, Basu and Vega 2017 photo fide;

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