Stelis luisii Luer 2017


TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Harvard Pap. Bot. 22: 96 Luer 2017


Common Name Luis' Stelis [Named for Luis Oliver Agredo, co-collector of this species]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Valle de Cauca department of Colombia at elevations around 1900 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath near the middle and another 2 at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, abruptly contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on 1 to 2, erect, arising through a slender spathe from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, 2.4 to 4" [6 to 10 cm] long, erect, strict, sublax, distichous, successively several, many-flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, infundibular, as long as to shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying green flowers

"Although no single character is distinctive, this handsome species is characterized by green, broadly ovate, pubescent sepals in one or two racemes that exceed elliptical, abruptly petiolate leaves. The petals are three-veined and the lip is type A, simply concave below a shallowly cleft bar." Luer 2017


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Harvard Pap. Bot. 22: 96 Luer 2017 Drawing fide