Stelis cuspidata Ames 1923 SECTION Stelis

Drawing by Oscar Duque

Common Name The Three Tapering Points Stelis [refers to the three pointed lip]

Flower Size

Found in Costa Rica without locational data as a miniatue sized, caespitose epiphtye with an erect ramicaul mostly enveloped by 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect,narrowly elliptical, coriaceous, acute apically, attenuate below into the elongate, sulcate,petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer to early fall on a single, erect, arising through a closely adpressed spathe, peduncle very short, 2.8 to 3.2" [7 to 8 cm] long overall, distichous, densely, mostly simulaneously many flowered inflorescence with subinfundibular, acute, diaphonous, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying very small, yellowish flowers.

Allied to S spathulata but it is ascending-repent and S cuspidata is caespitose.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Schedul. Orchid. 3: 2 Ames 1923;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz Duque 2008 drawing ok