Stelis morula Luer & R.Escobar 2017 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Black Like A Mulberry Stelis [refers to the flower color]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Putumayo department of Colombia at elevations around 2100 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cold growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a close, tubular sheath below the middle and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly linear-elliptic, acute apically, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early winter on to 1 to 4, erect, from a node at the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long, rachis 3.6 to 4" [9 to 10 cm] long, erect, congested, distichous, subflexuous, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying dark purple, glabrous flowers.

"This species characterized by one to four simultaneous, subflexuous racemes that are shorter than narrow, linearelliptical leaves; dark purple flowers with glabrous, 3 veined sepals that are slightly acuminate at their tips; thick, 3 veined petals; and a type A lip with the apex obtuse, and a sulcate bar with the dorsum slightly convex." Luer 2017


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Harvard Pap. Bot. 22: 53 Luer & Escobar 2017 drawing fide