Stelis crescentiicola Schltr. 1920


Photo by Marius Wasbauer


Photo by Patricia Harding


Drawing by L O Williams


Common Name The Crescentia [family Bignoniaceae] Living Stelis

Flower Size.1" [3mm]

Found in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia in lowland forests at elevations of 300 to 1350 meters as a miniature to small sized, hot to warm growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by several tubular scarious sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, oblanceolate, acute or obtuse leaf and blooms in the winter on a suberect to arcuate, racemose, to 7.2" [18 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence with minute, infundibuliform floral bracts and small green to yellow green flowers.

The smallest flowered Stelis of Panama.

Synonyms Apatostelis crescentiicola (Schltr.) Garay 1979; Stelis isthmii Schltr. 1922; Stelis praemorsa Schltr. 1922

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 16: 442 Schlechtere 1920;

Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 17: 16. Panama Schlechter 1922;

The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946

The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 Drawing fide;

Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965;

Bot. Mus. Leafl. 27: 188 Garay 1979 as Apatostelis crescenticola

Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1102 Dodson & Hamer 1984 as Apatostelis crescenticola drawing fide;

Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1990 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;

Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo ok