Stelis nostalgia Luer 2018 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer


Common Name The Nostalgic Stelis [refers to the to the presence of the plant in Colombia in a nursery, away from its Venezuelan home]

Flower Size .2" [55 mm]

Found in Venezuela without locational data as a small sized, cold growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and 2 othera at or near the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse to rounded apically, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring 1 to 2, erect, arising through a spathe from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 2 to 2.8" [5 to 7 cm] long, rachis to 6" [to 15 cm] long, erect, congested, distichous, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with tubular, obtuse, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying light yellow, glabrous flowers with darker petals and a brown lip.

"This large species was being cultivated at Colomborquídeas, near Medellín, Colombia, without collection data, except that the plant was noted to have been from Venezuela. A many-flowered raceme more or less equaled an obtuse, oblong leaf. The small flowers with 3-veined, cellular-pubescent sepals, simple petals, and a lip concave below the bar are not unusual. The floral bracts and pedicels are unusually short. It is likely to occur in Colombia." Luer 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Harvard Pap. Bot. 23: 158 Luer & Escobar 2018 drawing fide