Stelis ovatilabia Schltr. 1918 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Photo by R Solano and The Herbario AMO Website


Drawing by Fritz Hamer

Common Name The Oval Labellum Stelis [refers to the lip shape]

Flower Size .04" [1 mm]

Found in Chiapas state of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua in humid montane forests at elevations around 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate to suborbicular, obtuse to ropunded, tridenticulate apically, cuneate to abruptly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms at most any time of the year on an erect, arising through a long spathe, filiform, to 1" [to 2.5 cm] long including the peduncle, successively few flowered inflorescence with obliquely cucullate, acuminate, purple, shorter to as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying small, greenish, glabrous flowers.

"The most remarkable features of the species are its long column and its ovate lip and petals,

Synonyms Stelis cyclopetala Schltr. 1923

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 15: 211 Schlechter 1918; epert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 19: 279 Sclechter 1923

Orchids of Guatemala Ames Correll 1952 drawing good;

Las Orquideas de El Salvador Vol 2 Hamer 1974 drawing/photo fide;

Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 7 385 - 448 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1975 drawing good;

Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 1283 Hamer 1985 drawing fide;

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

AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 12 2006 photo ok;

Orquideologia Vol 25 #1 2007 photo ok;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 as S cyclopetal drawing fide;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide;

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