Stelis blandita Luer & R.Escobar 2017 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Harvard Pap. Bot. 22: 82 Luer 2017

Common Name The Charming Stelis [refers tothe inflorescence]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Santander department of Colombia at elevations around 3200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath near the middle and 1 to 2 others below and at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute to rounded, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, arising through a spathe from a node near the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 1.2" [3 cm] long, erect, strict, rachis 4.8 to 5.6" [12 to 14 cm] long, sublax, distichous, successively few, several flowered inflorescence with tuvbular, obtuse, as long as the pedicel floral bracts.

"This small or medium-sized, caespitose species is pretty with rather large, golden yellow flowers, but otherwise not remarkable except for the lip. The lip is thick centrally, rising above the rounded sides and a rounded bar with a glenion appearing like a margined, loop-like depression." Luer 2017

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References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Harvard Pap. Bot. 22: 82 Luer 2017 Drawing fide

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