Stelis costaricensis Rchb.f. 1855 SECTION Stelis

Leaf and Inflorescence

Photos by Bogarin and The Epidendra Website


Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Costa Rican Stelis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Cartago province of Costa Rica at elevations around 1625 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with ascending, slender ramicauls enveloped by 1 to 3 loose, imbricating, infundibuliform sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptical, acute to obtuse, subcuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer and earlier fall on 1 to 4, erect, very densely, distichous, to .6 to 1 [1.5 to 2.5 cm] long including the peduncle, shorter than the leaf, mostly simultaneously several flowered inflorescence with minute, infundibular, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying clear yellowish-green, glabrous flowers.

"Distinguished by its place of origin, small size, broad leaves, short inflorescence, univeined petals and its monolobular stigma." O Duque 2008

Synonyms Apatostelis costaricensis (Rchb.f.) Garay 1979; Stelis minutiflora Ames & C.Schweinf. 1925; Stelis neominutiflora J.M.H.Shaw 2014; Stelis platycardia Schltr. 1923

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Bonplandia (Hanover) 3(15-16): 225 Rchb.f 1855;

Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 19: 18 Schlechter 1923 as S platycardia;

Schedul. Orch. 8: 18-19. Ames & Schweinf. 1925 as S minutiflora;

Bot. Mus. Leafl. 27: 188 Garay 1979 as Apatostelis costaricensis;

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

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing ok;

Orchid Rev. 122: 78 J M H Shaw 2014 as Stelis neominutiflora