Stelis crystallina Ames 1935 SECTION Stelis

Photo by Lourens Grobler

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Ames and The Epidendra Website

Common Name The Shiney Stelis

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Cartago province of Costa Rica at elevations around 975 to 1900 meters as a small sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by several closely adpressed tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, oblong, tridenticulate, narrowing below into the slender petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer an erect, slender, 4.8" [12 cm] long, including the .3.6" [9 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence and has infundibular, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts .

"Recognized by the long narrow leaves, its long arched inflorescnce ad its peculiar lip with its shaggy dentate apex which is unique in the genus." O Duque 2008


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Bot. Mus. Leafl. 3(4): 45-49, 53 Ames 1935

Bot. Mus. Leafl. 3(4): 45-49, 53 Ames 1935 drawing fide;

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

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz Duque 2008 drawing fide