Stelis octavioi Luer & R.Escobar 2017 SECTION Humboldtia

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

Common Name Octavio's Stelis [Brother Octavio Ospina of Sibundoy, co-collector of this species]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Putomayo department of Colombia at elevations around 2200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with relatively stout, erect, ramicauls enveloped by a loose tubular sheath below the middle and another 1 to 2 below about the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to rounded, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a single, erect, arising through a spathe in a sheath from a node at the apex of the ramicaul, 1.6" [4 cm] long, erect, distichous, sublax, simultaneously 6 to 10 flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, much longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying pale yellow flowers.

"This small, caespitose species of section Humboldtia is distinguished by a sublax, several-flowered raceme of small flowers with proportionately large, acuminate floral bracts. The dorsal sepal is transverse with five of seven veins and a multiveined synsepal, and the lip is shallowly concave with a glenion." Luer 2017


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

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