Stelis odontopetala Luer & Hirtz 2017 SECTION Stelis

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

Common Name The Tooth-like Petal Stelis [referring to the pair of fang like petals]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Nariño department of Colombia at elevations around 1950 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and another at the base carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a single, erect, arising from a node at the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 1.2" [3 cm] long, rachis 2.4" [6 cm] long, erect, strict, distichous, mostly simultaneously many-flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying flowers with transluscent yellow sepals, red petals and a red lip.

"This small, weak, caespitose species is characterized by narrowly elliptical, long petiolate leaves that are exceeded by a congested raceme of tiny flowers. The sepals are more or less concave and three-veined. The petals are transversely elongated with acuminate tips descending on either side of the lip like a pair of fangs. The lip is extremely small, and round below a minutely notched bar." Luer 2017


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

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