Stelis ozota Luer & R.Escobar 2016 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Branched Stelis [referring to the prolific habit]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Putumayo department of Colombia at elevations around 2700 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender prolific ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and 1 to 2 others below and at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, oblong, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on an erect, arising through a spathe from near the apex of the ramicaul, with peduncle 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long, rachis 2.8 to 4.8" [7 to 12 cm] long, erect, distichous, subflexuous, simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, inflated, acuminate, as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying dark purple, shortly pubescent flowers .

"This species with prolific ramicauls is distinguished by a subflexuous raceme of dark purple flowers that exceeds an oblong, obtuse leaf. The sepals and petals are three-veined. The lip is concave below a thin, transverse bar." Luer 2016


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Harvard Pap. Bot. 21: 213 Luer 2016 drawing fide