Stelis niessen-andreae Luer 2017


TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and Harvard Pap. Bot. 22: 98 Luer 2017


Common Name Andreae Niessen's Stelis [Colombian Nursery-woman current]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Valle de Cauca department of Colombia without locational data as a miniature to small sized, caespitose epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath from near the base and another below and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a single, erect, arising through a slender spathe from a node at the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 2.4 to 3.2" [6 to 8 cm] long, rachis 12" [30 cm] long, erect, flexible, distichous, successively 10 to 12, many-flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, as long as the pedicel floral bracts and carrying dark rose flowers

"This small, but “large,” caespitose species is characterized by a short, stout ramicaul and a much larger, elliptical, petiolate leaf. A much longer, successively many-flowered raceme retains about a dozen flowers open toward the apex. The sepals are glabrous, obtuse and three-veined, and the petals are single-veined. The larger, ovate lip is concave with a barely thickened margin, the bar being basal and deeply cleft.." Luer 2017


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Harvard Pap. Bot. 22: 98 Luer 2017 Drawing fide