Stelis gracilifolia C. Schweinf. 1955 SECTION Stelis

Collection sheet by Skutch/Schweinfurth


Drawingby O Duque


Common Name The Thin Leaved Stelis

Flower Size

Found in Puntarenas province of Costa Rica and Panama at elevations around 50 meters as a miniature to small sized, hot growing, caespitose epiphyte with short, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, close, tubular, evanescent sheaths and carrying a single, apical, ascending, coriaceous, linear to linear-obloanceolate, obtuse and minutely apiculate apically, gradually narrowing below into the more or less distinct, channeled petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall and early winter on a solitary, erect, peduncle 1.76" [4.4 cm] long, rachis 5.28" [12.7 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence with abbreviated, broadly infundibuliform, shorter than the pedicellate ovary floral bracts and carrying maroon flowers.

"Allied to S latipetala but differs in having shorter and more slender stems and leaves and twice larger flowers. Schweinfurth

Synonyms Apatostelis gracilifolia (C.Schweinf.) Garay 1979

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Bot. Mus. Leafl. 17: 38 Schweinfurth 1955

Bot. Mus. Leafl. 27: 188 Garay 1979;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide;