Stelis fascinata Luer & R.Escobar 2017 SECTION Stelis?

TYPE Drawing of by Carl Luer

EARLY

Common Name The Fascinating Stelis [refers t othe floral morphology]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Putumayo department of Colombia at elevations around 2700 meters as a small sized, cold growing, repent epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath on the middle and another below and at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly oblong-obovate, narrowly obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in early summer on a single, arising through a slender spathe from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 3.2 to 6" [8 to 15 cm], rachis to 14" [35 cm] long, erect, secund, mostly simultaneously, many flowered inflorescence with infundibular, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying yellow flowers.

"This species from the Central Cordillera is related to Stelis caliensis from the Department of Cauca in the Western Cordillera. Stelis fascinata is distinguished by narrower leaves and a much longer raceme with a much longer peduncle. Instead of dark purple, the flowers are yellow, and the dorsal sepal is 3-veined instead of 57-veined. The lips of the two concepts are similar." Luer 2017

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Harvard Pap. Bot. 22: 41 Luer 2017 drawing fide

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