Salpistele brunnea Dressler 1979 SUBGENUS Salpistele

Another Aspect

Plant and Flower

Photos by Milan Vagner

Side View of Flower

Photo by Bruno Larsen and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website


Drawing by Carl Luer

Part Shade Warm Coolsummer THROUGH Spring

Common Name or Meaning The Brown Salpistele

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Costa Rica and Panama in cloud forests on mosssy trunks at elevations around 800 to 1400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with suberect ramicauls enveloped by tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic to elliptic-obovate, tridenticulate and somewhat apiculate apically, gradually narrowing below into the elongate, petilolate base leaf that blooms in the summer through spring on a creeping, subpendant, 3.1" [7.7 cm] long, sinuous, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with a tubular bract.

"Distinguished by the brown sepals sometimes marked with yellow-green or with yellow=green margins, a deeply concave dorsal sepals, a slender, acutely reflexed midlobe of the lip and a comparitively large or expanded, triangular surface of the apex of the column." Luer 1991

Synonyms Stelis brunnea (Dressler) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Orquideologia Vol 14 No 1 1979 drawing fide/photo on Front Cover as S lutea fide/in article fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum VIII Systematics of Lepanthospsis, Octomeria subgenus Pleurothallopsis, Restrepiella, Salpistele and Teagueia Luer 1991 drawing fide; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Stelis brunnea; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001 drawing fide; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 drawing fide;