Stelis oblector Luer & R.Escobar 2016 SECTION Humboldtia

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Charmer Stelis [refers to the pleasing qualities of the plant]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Putumayo department of Colombia at elevations around 2700 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by loose tubular sheath on the middle third and 1 to 2 others about the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coricaeous, elliptical-ovate, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on an erect, arising through a slender spathe from below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 3.2 to 6" [8 to 15 cm] long, rachis 5.2 to 6" [13 to 15 cm] long, erect, distichous, loose, successively 4 to 5, several flowered inflorescence with infundibular, acute, longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying yellow, glabrous flowers.

"This caespitose species is distinguished by a long, loosely flowered raceme with a peduncle longer than an elliptical leaf. A convex dorsal sepal stands above a suborbicular synsepal created by connate, concave lateral sepals. The petals are single-veined, and the apex of the lip is a subacute, triangular apiculum." Luer 2016


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Harvard Pap. Bot. 21: 210 Luer 2016 drawing fide