Stelis ocreosa Luer & R.Escobar 2016 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Well Developed Shaeth Stelis [refers to the Large, Purple floral bracts]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Cauca department of Colombia at elevations around 3200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by loose tubular sheath on the middle and 1 to 2 others below and at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coricaeous, elliptical-ovate, acute to subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, from below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3cm] long, rachis 2" [5 cm] long, erect, strict, distichous, loose, successively 4 to 5, several flowered inflorescence with purple, acute, oblique,, longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying glabrous flowers with yellow sepals with the center brown, and a yellow green central apparatus.

"This little, caespitose species differs from the numerous variations allowed in Stelis pusilla by having larger flowers; conspicuous, large, purple floral bracts; and a lip with a cleft bar and large glenion." Luer 2016


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

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