Stelis latipetala Ames 1935 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Ames and The Epidendra Website


Common Name The Broad Petaled Stelis [refers to the petal margin]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Costa Rica at elevations around 1650 meters as a small sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphtye with an erect, stout ramicaul enveloped by a loose tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ligulate, obtuse, bilobed apically, gradually narrowed below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on 1 to 2, from below the apex of the ramicaul, erect, strict, stout, congested, distichous, 5.2 to 6" [13 to 15 cm] long including the 2.4 to 3.2" [6 to 8 cm] long peduncle, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with broadly infundibular, dilated, acute, shorter than the pedicellate ovary floral bracts and carrying brown red flowers.

Identified by its habit with a long, densely flowered raceme, its broad petals that stand out like elephant ears and its monolobular stigma." O Duque 2008

Synonyms Apatostelis latipetala (Ames) Garay 1979

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Bot. Mus. Leafl. 3(4): 53-54 Ames 1935 Drawing fide;

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

AOS Bulletin Vol 75 #2 2006 drawing fide;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing good;