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Stelis (STEE-liss) is one of the larger genera with perhaps 500 species distributed throughout tropical America. Although vegetatively the species show much variety, the flowers surprisingly are very similar. Each has three sepals about equally triangular with a small central structure made up of the column, small petals and small lip. Some species have flowers that close during periods of lower humidity. The name refers to the appearance of the epiphytic plant, which means "a kind of mistletoe" in Greek.

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These plants have not yet been positively identified.

Stelis allenii L.O.Williams
Stelis apiculifera Luer & Hirtz
Stelis cajanumae Luer & Hirtz
Stelis cordata (Ruiz & Pav.) Willd. = Acronia cordata ssp. cordata
Icones Pleurothallidinarum XXVII; p. 114 (04/2005)
Stelis embreei Luer & Hirtz
Stelis encephalota Luer & Hirtz
Stelis hirtella (Garay) Luer
Stelis luteria Luer & Hirtz
Stelis matula Luer & Hirtz
Stelis morganii C.H.Dodson & Garay
Stelis obliquipetala (Ames & C.Schweinf.) L.O.Wms. = Lepanthopsis obliquipetala
Icones Pleurothallidinarum VIII; p. 76 (8/1991)
Stelis pachyphyta Luer & Hirtz
Stelis porpax Rchb.f.
Stelis reniformis Luer & Hirtz
Stelis sanchezii Luer & Hirtz
Stelis triurz Lindl. = Lepanthes triura
Stelis ximenae Luer & Hirtz