Stelis orphana Luer 2017 SECTION Stelis

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


Common Name The Orphan Stelis [referring to its unknown origin]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Colombia without locational data as a small sized, cool to cold growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect, ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath near the middle and another 1 to 2 below about the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on 1 to 3, simultanoeus, erect, arising through a narrow spathe from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, 3.6 to 4" [9 to 10 cm] long, erect, distichous, lax, flowering from the base, simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying yellow flowers.

"This species without collection data is tall with slender ramicauls, elliptical leaves, and more than one minutely many-flowered racemes is not unusual in the genus Stelis. The sepals and petals, similar to those of Stelis braccata Rchb.f. & Warsz., and a subquadrate lip is one of the more common designs. No other species is known with this combination of morphological characters." Luer 2017


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

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