Stelis effusa Schltr. 1907 SECTION Stelis

Drawing by Foldats

Common Name The Disorderly Stelis [refers to the lax inflorescence]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Costa Rica and southeastern Venezuela at elevations around 500 to 2100 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, warm to cold growing, caespitose or from a short decumbent rhizome epiphyte with a short rhizome giving rise to an erect stem enveloped by 2 to 3, scarious tubular sheaths and carrying a single, erect, very fleshy, linear-oblanceolate to oblanceolate, subacute, minutely tridenticulate, longly attenuate into the petiolate base leaf that blooms at most any time of the year on an erect, peduncle with a navicular, basal, acute spathe, 2 to 7.2" [5 to 18 cm] long overall, many flowered inflorescence with cucullate, ovate, as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying relatively small, yellow to purple colored flowers.

Synonyms Stelis distantiflora Ames 1923

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 3: 247 Schlechter 1907

Schedul. Orchid. 6: 53 Ames 1923 as S distantiflora

Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 segunda parte Foldats 1969 drawing fide;

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

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing good;