Stelis domingensis Cogn 1910 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing of S minipetala by Donald Dod

Full shade Cool EARLY Winter

Common Name The Santo Domingo Stelis

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Haiti on the Massif de Hotte and the Dominican Republic on trees in broadleaved forests at elevations around 1650 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with slightly curved ramicauls enveloped by narrow, acute, glabrous sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, fleshy, elliptical-obovate, subrounded apically, emarginate, slightly mucronate, narrowly cuneate into the thin, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early winter on 1 to 5, erect, thin, arising through a basal spathe, 1.4" [3.5 cm] long, to 22 flowered, from the base up, inflorescence with ochreous, acute, almost as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying minute, straw white, flowers with acute apices.

"Distinguished by the petals that are almost not noticable between the column and sepals, the inflorescence that is half the length of the leaf, and carrying flowers that appear stuck to the inflorescence without a peduncle. The lip with its long apex ias another diagnostic character." Dod 1986

Synonyms Stelis desportesii Urb. 1918; Stelis minipetala Dod 1986; Stelis tippenhaueri Urb. 1917

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Symb. Antill. 6: 692 Cogn in Urban 1910

Moscosoa 4: 162 Dod 1986 as S minipetala drawing fide;

Moscosoa 4: 195 Dod 1986 as S desportesii;

Moscosoa 4: 197 Dod 1986 as S tippenhauerii;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 as S minipetala Drawing fide;