Stelis Sw.

First published in J. Bot. (Schrader) 1799(2): 239 (1800), nom. cons.
This genus is accepted
The native range of this genus is S. Florida, Mexico to Tropical America.


Native to:

Belize, Bolivia, Brazil North, Brazil Northeast, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Brazil West-Central, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Florida, French Guiana, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Leeward Is., Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Nicaragua, Panamá, Peru, Puerto Rico, Suriname, Trinidad-Tobago, Venezuela, Venezuelan Antilles, Windward Is.


Heterotypic Synonyms

Accepted Species


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POWO follows these authorities in accepting this name:

  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Monocotyledons Database in ACCESS: 1-71827. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Karremans, A.P. (2019). To be, or not to be a Stelis. Lankesteriana 19: 281-343.
  • Luer, C.A. (2007). Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXIX. Monographs in Systematic Botany from the Missouri Botanical Garden 112: 1-130. Missouri Botanical Garden.
  • Pridgeon, A.M., Cribb, P.J., Chase, M.C. & Rasmussen, F.N. (2006). Epidendroideae (Part One). Genera Orchidacearum 4: 1-672. Oxford University Press, New York, Oxford.

Other Data

Other Kew resources that provide information on this taxon:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Mar 13, 2013 Lugo, S.H. [768] Ecuador K000718717 Yes
Feb 14, 2006 K:SPC-73410.000 No
Jun 1, 1995 Ribeiro, J.E.L.S.; Silva, C.F. [1435] Brazil K000940336 Yes
Jan 1, 1992 Thomas, W.W.; Carvalho, A.; Amorim, A.; Santos, T.S.; Sant'Ana, S.; Jardim, J.G. [9370] Brazil K000293442 Yes
Jan 1, 1988 Mori, S.A.; Belo, H.P.; Souza, R. [17520] Brazil K000940338 Yes
Jan 1, 1986 Prance, G.T.; Maas, P.J.M.; Woolcott, D.B.; Monteiro, O.P.; Ramos, J.F. [15875] Brazil K000940335 Yes
Harley, R.M.; Stannard, B.; Nic Lughadha, E. [H52106] Brazil K:SPC-57978.000 No
K:SPC-20638.000 No
K:SPC-23241.000 No
Hermans, J. [1235] Costa Rica K:SPC-57762.000 No
Charlesworth [573] K000940568 Yes
Chase, M.W. [84734] K:SPC-77200.000 No
Holm-Neilsen, L.; Jeppesen, S. [1478] Ecuador K:SPC-37119.000 No
K:SPC-19580.000 No
s.coll. [s.n.] Venezuela K000940567 Yes
Taylor, P. [16306] Ecuador K:SPC-41520.000 No
s.coll. [s.n.] K:SPC-77929.000 No
Bleher [5] Brazil K:SPC-36156.000 No
Usteri, A. [19] Brazil K000940339 Yes
Colombia K:SPC-29846.000 No
Brazil K:SPC-58220.000 No
Dayton, N,M.; Goercke, B. [2004] Ecuador K:SPC-57205.000 No
Burchell [1105-12] Brazil K000847262 Yes
Chase, M.W. [83053] K:SPC-76353.000 No
Costa Rica K:SPC-27221.000 No
K:SPC-20640.000 No
Glaziou [17254] Brazil K000940545 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] K000940566 Yes
Eming, F. Ecuador K:SPC-53337.000 No
Glaziou, A.F.M. [19885] Brazil K000940546 Yes
Young, E. [33] K:SPC-46197.000 No
K:SPC-20664.000 No
s.coll. [s.n.] K000940565 Yes
[M9] Brazil K:SPC-38145.000 No
Ecuador K:SPC-71578.000 No
s.coll. [s.n.] K000940563 Yes
Brazil K:SPC-18591.000 No
Jackson, M. [10] Colombia K:SPC-37390.000 No
Glaziou, A.F.M. [18536] Brazil K000940341 Yes
Lankester, C.H. K:SPC-20666.000 No
Chase, M.W.C. [84054] Panama K:SPC-76302.000 No
Lugo, H.S. [1827] Ecuador K001612882 Yes
K:SPC-19582.000 No
s.coll. [s.n.] Brazil K000940342 Yes
Mason, L.M. [1799] Peru K:SPC-28745.000 No
K:SPC-21535.000 No
Peru K:SPC-25548.000 No
Pires, M.J.; Silva, N.T. [1944] Brazil K000940337 Yes
Chase, M.W.C. [84119] Costa Rica K:SPC-75420.000 No
Taylor, P. [16301] Ecuador K:SPC-41516.000 No
K:SPC-20653.000 No
K:SPC-21534.000 No
K:SPC-19592.000 No
Mason, L.M. [1703] Peru K:SPC-28234.000 No
Taylor, P. [13245] Ecuador K:SPC-41661.000 No
Chase, M.W.C. [84284] Costa Rica K:SPC-77195.000 No
Ecuador K:SPC-18595.000 No
Redden, K. M.; Lyle, M.; Perry, C.; Paul, C. [2552] Guyana K001870190 No
Moore, F.W. [s.n.] K000940558 Yes
Mason, L.M. [1970] Peru K:SPC-29221.000 No
Dayton, N.M.; Goercke, B. [2042] Ecuador K:SPC-57199.000 No
Guyana K:SPC-20662.000 No
Chase, M.W. [83047] K:SPC-76356.000 No
s.coll. [s.n.] K:SPC-77772.000 No
Taylor, P. [13250] Ecuador K:SPC-41656.000 No
K:SPC-19593.000 No
Charlesworth, J. [s.n.] Brazil K000940340 Yes
Chase, M.W. [84155] Costa Rica K:SPC-75469.000 No
Ecuador K:SPC-09702.000 No
Pennington, T.D. [5550] Ecuador K:SPC-29781.000 No
K:SPC-23240.000 No
Chase [16968] K:SPC-72044.000 No
Leppard, M.J. [398] Brazil K:SPC-36179.000 No
Ecuador K:SPC-71012.000 No
s.coll. [s.n.] K:SPC-76574.000 No
Brazil K:SPC-18609.000 No
K:SPC-18606.000 No
K:SPC-18603.000 No
Burchell [1967] Brazil K000847264 Yes
Storr, R.; Harley, R. [206] Brazil K:SPC-39198.000 No
Moore, F.W. [s.n.] Brazil K000940560 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] K:SPC-76567.000 No
K:SPC-21529.000 No
Peru K:SPC-26520.000 No
Guyana K:SPC-26053.000 No
O'Brien, J. [s.n.] Brazil K000940555 Yes
Hajek, F. [8] Peru K:SPC-60175.000 No
Prance, G.T.; Maas, P.J.M.; Woolcott, D.B.; Coêlho, D.F.; Monteiro, O.P.; Ramos, J.F. [15355] Brazil K000940334 Yes
Ecuador K:SPC-71028.000 No
Guyana K:SPC-40885.000 No
Taylor, P. [16312] Ecuador K:SPC-41523.000 No
Pennington, T.D. [5375] Ecuador K:SPC-31032.000 No
Moore, F.W. [s.n.] Brazil K000940557 Yes
K:SPC-20668.000 No
s.coll. [s.n.] Venezuela K000940569 Yes
Pennington, T.D. [35] Ecuador K:SPC-21536.000 No
Colombia K:SPC-60841.000 No
Costa Rica K:SPC-18605.000 No
Pennington, T.D. [5610] Ecuador K:SPC-29695.000 No
Prance, G.T.; Maas, P.J.M.; Woolcolt, D.B.; Coelho, D.F.; Monteiro, O.P.; Ramos, J.F. [15353] Brazil K000940333 Yes
K:SPC-18610.000 No
K:SPC-21478.000 No
K:SPC-19588.000 No
Costa Rica K000463255 Unknown Type Material Yes
Lankester [111] Costa Rica K000463232 Unknown Type Material Yes
Taylor, P. [96] Panama K:SPC-37883.000 No
Taylor, P. [16300] Ecuador K:SPC-41515.000 No
Taylor, P. [13222] Panama K:SPC-41615.000 No
Ecuador K:SPC-23015.000 No
s.coll. [s.n.] Brazil K000940562 No
K:SPC-21477.000 No
Taylor, P. [13255] Ecuador K:SPC-41667.000 No
s.coll. [s.n.] Brazil K000940561 Yes
Peru K:SPC-27982.000 No
K:SPC-19590.000 No
Peru K:SPC-38641.000 No
Costa Rica K:SPC-39194.000 No
Dayton, N.M.; Goercke, B. [2028] Ecuador K:SPC-57206.000 No
Lankester, C.H. [31] Costa Rica K:SPC-38552.000 No
Colombia K:SPC-27148.000 No
s.coll. [s.n.] K:SPC-66243.000 No
Taylor, P. [13249] Ecuador K:SPC-41657.000 No
Peru K:SPC-28176.000 No
Spruce, R. [s.n.] Peru K000201513 Yes
K:SPC-62536.000 No
Taylor, P. [13263] Ecuador K:SPC-41679.000 No
Lankester [[384]] Costa Rica K000463254 Type Yes
Philcox, D. [6104] Guyana K:SPC-33939.000 No
Chase, M.W.C. [81038] Costa Rica K:SPC-75338.000 No
Taylor, P. [16303] Ecuador K:SPC-41518.000 No
s.coll. [s.n.] K000940559 Yes
Holm-Nielsen, L.; Jeppesen, S. Ecuador K:SPC-37152.000 No
K:SPC-18602.000 No
K:SPC-42196.000 No
K:SPC-20670.000 No
Dayton, N.M.; Goercke, B. [2057] Ecuador K:SPC-57203.000 No
K:SPC-18604.000 No
Spruce, R. [5386] Ecuador K000201514 Yes
s.coll. [s.n.] Brazil K000940564 Yes
Burchell [3640] Brazil K000847263 Yes
K:SPC-18607.000 No
Edwards, P.J. [1229] Guyana K:SPC-42973.000 No
Peru K:SPC-26302.000 No
s.coll. [s.n.] K000940556 Yes
K:SPC-21537.000 No
Reichenbach, H.G. [2109] Brazil K000941398 Yes
K:SPC-19591.000 No
Taylor, P. [13254] Ecuador K:SPC-41668.000 No
Dunsterville, G.C.K. [376] Venezuela K:SPC-34838.000 No
K:SPC-21532.000 No
K:SPC-09701.000 No
K:SPC-21531.000 No
K:SPC-20661.000 No
K:SPC-19587.000 No
Costa Rica K:SPC-21533.000 No
Spruce, R. [5386] Ecuador K000201512 Yes
Taylor, P. [74] Panama K:SPC-37852.000 No
Perry, A. [1042] Bolivia K000718685 Yes
Porter, C. [113] Ecuador K:SPC-50690.000 No
K:SPC-19589.000 No
Dayton, N.M.; Goercke, B. [2040] Ecuador K:SPC-57201.000 No
Costa Rica K:SPC-19586.000 No
K:SPC-18608.000 No
Taylor, P. [13209] Panama K:SPC-41595.000 No
Dayton, N.M.; Goercke, B. [2053] Ecuador K:SPC-57208.000 No
Taylor, P. [90] Panama K:SPC-39193.000 No
K:SPC-09700.000 No
Hajek, F. [63] Peru K:SPC-60181.000 No
K:SPC-36245.000 No
Brazil K:SPC-25300.000 No
K:SPC-19585.000 No
Chase, M.W. [84541] K:SPC-75267.000 No
Brazil K:SPC-35363.000 No
Dunsterville, G.C.K. [200] Venezuela Apatostelis K:SPC-34898.000 No
Venezuela Apatostelis K:SPC-21474.000 No
Venezuela Apatostelis K:SPC-20639.000 No
Chase, M.W.C. [82097] Physosiphon K:SPC-75096.000 No
Mason, L.M. [2081] Peru Physosiphon K:SPC-30323.000 No
Chase, M.W.C. [81025] Costa Rica Physosiphon K:SPC-75310.000 No
Physosiphon K:SPC-09654.000 No
Mexico Physosiphon K:SPC-20437.000 No
Physosiphon K:SPC-19606.000 No


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