Stelis oreibator Luer & R.Escobar 2016 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer


Common Name The Mountain Climbing Stelis [referring to the repent habit]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Nariño department of Colombia at elevations around 3150 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing, coarse, ascending-repent epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheaths below the middle and 1 to 2 others about the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coricaeous, elliptical, acute to subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early winter on an erect, arising through a spathe from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long, rachis 6 to 7.2" [15 to 18 cm] long, erect, strict, congested, distichous, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with tubular, obtuse, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying flowers with yellow sepals with rose pubescence, and a yellow central apparatus,

"This robust, repent species is characterized by a thick, branching rhizome that bears single ramicauls as well as pairs or clusters of a few ramicauls, each bearing an elliptical, petiolate leaf and a tall, strict raceme. The sepals are three-veined and yellow with a rose-colored pubescence. The lateral sepals are antrorse, short, oblique and obtuse in contrast to the acute, erect dorsal sepal. The lip is filled with a large, shallowly grooved callus that extends from near the base to the cavity within the rounded apex." Luer 2016


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Harvard Pap. Bot. 21: 211 Luer 2016 drawing fide