Stelis majuscula Luer 2017 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Somewhat Larger Flowered Stelis [referring to the flowers, compared to those of Stelis cochlearis ]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Cundinamarca department of Colombia at elevations around 2600 to 2700 meters as a small sized, cold growing, probably caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3, loose sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, linear, subacute, gradually narrowing below into the indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms on an erect, from a node near the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .8" [2 cm] long, rachis 4.4" [11 cm] long, erect, congested, strict, distichous, successively few, many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, acuminate, much longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying pubescent flowers of unknown colors.

"With narrow leaves and a congested raceme with prominent floral bracts, this species of the Eastern Cordillera is similar to Stelis cochlearis of the Central Cordillera. The flowers of the former are larger with 5 veined sepals, instead of 3 veined sepals. Instead of a deeply concave lip with smooth surfaces below a thin bar, a rounded callus is present on the anterior surface between a shortly cleft, thick bar and the anterior margin.. Luer 2017


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

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