Stelis despectans Schltr. 1910 SECTION Stelis

Photo by Hamer

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Schlechter and The Epidendra Website


Drawing by Blanche Ames and Orchids of Guatemala Ames Correll 1952

Common Name The Wretched Stelis

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama in forests and open lands at elevations around 1400 to 1500 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, a cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly oblong-ligulate, shortly apiculate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect, laxly many flowered inflorescence with ovate-cucullate, acuminate floral bracts.

"S despectens can be recognized by its raceme of noddin, secund flowers, its pointed, excavate lip and its rhomboid petals." O Duque 2008

Synonyms Stelis chiriquensis Schltr. 1918; Stelis nutantiflora Schltr. 1918

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 8: 453 Schlechter 1910;

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

Beih. Bot. Centralbl. 36(2): 390 Schlechter 1918 as S nutantiflora;

Orchids of Guatemala Ames Correll 1952 drawing good;

Las Orquideas de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing/photo good;

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

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing ok;

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