Stelis lopezii Luer 2009

SECTION Humboldtia

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Selbyana 30:67 Luer & Escobar 2009


Common Name Lopez's Stelis [Colombian Collector of the species current]

Flower Size

Found in Valle de Cauca department of Colombia without elevational data as a small to medium sized, caespitose epiphyte with erect stout ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath near the middle and longer, loose, tubular sheath near the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, broadly ovate, acute, abruptly contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the earlier winter on 1 to 2, erect, arising through a broad spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 1.2" [3 cm] long, rachis 5.6" [14 cm] long, loosely, simultaneously several, many flowered inflorescence with acute, as long as to longer than the ovary floral bracts.

"This unusually large species of section Humboldtia, apparently endemic in the Western Cordillera of southern Colombia, produces relatively large flowers in one or two racemes about as long as the broadly ovate, distinctly petiolate leaf. The sepals are multiveined, and the relatively large, transverse petals are 3-veined. The lip is type-A, subcircular and slightly convex up to the broadly rounded margin, the bar is slightly elevated with an ill-defined glenion, and with a rounded callus on the dorsum." Luer 2009


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 30: 22 Luer & Escobar 2009 Drawing fide;