Stelis meerenbergensis Luer & R.Escobar 2017 SECTION Stelis

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

Common Name The Meerenberg Stelis [Named for Hacienda Meerenberg near the area of collection]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Huila department of Colombia at elevations around 2300 meters as a small sized, cold growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect, elongate ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and another 2 below and at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on 2, erect, arising through a spathe from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, erect, strict, congested, distichous, simultaneously, many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying green flowers.

"Stelis meerenbergensis is characterized by two simultaneous racemes much shorter than a narrowly elliptical leaf borne by a long, slender ramicaul. The flowers are yellow and small with obtuse, three-veined sepals; broad, 3-veined petals; and an obtuse, subquadrate lip." Luer 2017


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

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