Stelis lankesteri Ames 1923 SECTION Humboldtia

Plant and Flowers

Photos by E Castro and La Selva Florula Digital Website


Original Drawing by Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia


Drawing by O Duque

Common Name Lankester's Stelis [refers to the Mr Lankester founder of Lankester Botanical Garden in Costa Rica]

Flower Size .3" [8 mm]

Found in Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia in low hot forests at elevations of 150 to 400 meters as a small sized, hot growing, caespitose epiphtye or lithophyte with an erect, stout ramicaul enveloped by 3 inflated sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, elliptic-oblong, coriaceous, obtuse and tridenticulate apically, tapering below into the sulcate petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a solitary, arising through 1 to 2 ancipitous spathes, erect, 7.2" [to 18 cm] long, racemose, subdistichous, laxly many flowered inflorescence with infundibular, as long as the ovary floral bracts.

"Recogniazed by its stout habit with bilabiate flowers and large, triangular sepals." O Duque 2008


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Schedul. Orchid. 3: 4 Ames 1923;

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

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing