Stelis glacensis Dod 1986


TYPE Drawing by Donald Dod

Full shade Warm Fall

Common Name The Glace River Stelis Stelis [A river in Haiti where the sepaies was found]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Haiti on the Massif de Hotte at the rivers edge at elevations around 800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with erect, articulate ramicauls enveloped by 3, tubular, apically widening sheaths and carrying a sinle, apical, erect, somewhat reflexed, coriaceous, obovate, subspathulate, obtuse, emarginatum, thinly mucronate, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on 1 to 10, erect, shorter than the leaf, rarely as long as the leaf, 1 to 1.68" [2.5 to 4.2 cm long, flowering from the base, successively single, to 108 flowered inflorescence with brownish, acute, somewhat shorter than the ovary floral bract and carrying clustered, yellow, fleshy flowers that do not open well.

"The smallest flowers of the genus within species that have a terminal inflorescence. It also makes inflorescence much more frequent, up to 10 inflorescence on the same leaf. It is almost always in bloom. Similar to S pygmaea which also has very small flowers but the raceme elongates as new flower arise. he flowers are similar to many others but this combination of characters is unique to Hispanola, especially taking into account the shorter petals and the winged column and the inflorescence always much shorter than the leaf." Dod 1986


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Moscosoa 4: 166 Dod 1986 drawing fide;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide;