Stelis magnesialis Luer & Hirtz 2017 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer

Common Name The Magnesium Stelis [Named for habitat associated with a Magnesium mine]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Nariño department of Colombia at elevations around 1800 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a close, tubular sheath below the middle and another 1 to 2 sheaths below and at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptic, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, arising through a slender spathe from a node near the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .4" [1 cm] long, rachis 4 to 4.4" [10 to 12 cm] long, erect, congested, secund, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with oblique, subacute, as long as to longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying yellow flowers.

"This small, caespitose species with equally long leaves and ramicauls, and a twice longer, secund raceme of small flowers. The sepals are ovate with the laterals antrorse. The petals are truncate and faintly 3-veined. The lip is subquadrate the apex truncate and trilobulate, a short, obtuse apiculum bring flanked by similar, obtuse corners. Luer & Hirtz 2017


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Harvard Pap. Bot. 22: 51 Luer & Hirtz 2017 drawing fide;