Stelis parvula Lindl. 1859 SECTION Stelis

Photo by © Roberto Martins and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website


Photo by the The Belize Botanic Garden Website

Another Flower?

Photo courtesy of Jay Pfahl

Drawing of S bidentata

Drawing by Ames & Correll


Common Name The Small Stelis

Flower Size 1/4" [7mm]

found in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama in wet montane forests at elevations of sealevel to 1800 meters as a mini-minaiture to miniature sized, hot to cool growing, caespitose eppiphyte with glabrous ramicauls enveloped basally by tubular, scarious sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, narrowly oblanceolate to linear, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that is apically, bi or tri-dentate and blooms in the late spring through earlier fall on an axillary, arising through a spathe from a small annulus, racemose, 4.4" [11 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence with obliquely infundibulirom, obtuse, shortly apiculate, dilated, longer than the ovary and carrying white, greenish yellow to purple flowers opening at night and closing through the day.

Recognized by the small habit with a long inflorescence

Synonyms Pleurothallis platyglottis L.O.Williams 1951; Stelis bidentata Schltr. 1912

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Fol. Orchid. 8: 7 Lindley 1859

Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 10: 358 Schlechter 1912 as S bidentata;

Ceiba 1: 228 L O Williams 1951 as Pleurothallis platyglottis

Orchids of Guatemala Ames Correll 1952 as S bidentata drawing fide;

Orchids of Guatemala Ames Correll 1952;

Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as S bidentata;

Las Orquideas De El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 as S bidentata drawing/photo fide;

AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 5 1979 as S bidentata;

Orquídea (Mexico City), n.s., 7[3]: 1979;

Las Orquideas de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 as S bidentata drawing ok;

Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1274 Dodson 1985 as S bidentata drawing fide;

Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1285 Dodson 1985 drawing good;

ORQUIDEA (MEX.) 13(1- 2). DICIEMBRE 1993 as S bidentata drawing/photo ok;

Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 581 Bennett & Christenson 1998 drawing good;

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

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz, Compendium Duque 2008 good;

Orchidees du Bresil As Orquideas da Serra do Castelo [Espirito Santo Brazil] Chiron & Bolsanello Vol 2 2013 photo ok;

Diversity of Pleurothallidinae in Guatemala: An Endangered Orchid Subtribe with High Economic and Horticultural Potentials Edgar Mo Mo, Cetzal, Basu and Vega 2017 photo fide;

Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 as S bidentata;

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

Lankesteriana 19(1). 31 - 55 2019 photo fide