Stelis ophiodontodes Luer & R.Escobar 2016 SECTION Humboldtia

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Snake Tooth Stelis [referring to the elongated stigmatic processes]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia at elevations around 2400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coricaeous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall and early winter on an erect, arising through an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 1.2" [3 cm] long, rachis 1.6" [4 cm] long, erect, strict, lax, successively 3 to 4, several flowered inflorescence with acute, oblique, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying glabrous, red flowers with white lateral sepals

"This species is allied to Stelis odobonella which is frequent in southeastern Ecuador. Except for a trivial difference of a strict, instead of a flexuous rachis, the plants are very similar, but the lips differ. The pair of mammillate calli found in S. odobonella are absent. The dorsum, or steeply sloping posterior surface of the lip, is concave with a central callus." Luer 2016


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

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