Stelis pachoi Luer & R.Escobar 2016 SECTION Humboldtia

Drawing by Carl Luer TYPE


Common Name Pacho's Stelis [Pacho Lopez Colombian Curator at Coloborquideas current]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia at elevations around 2400 meters as a small sized, cold growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender 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, ellipical, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on 1 to 2, erect, arising through a slender spathe from below the apex of the ramicaul, with peduncle 1.2 to 2" [3 to 5 cm] long, rachis 4.8 to 8" [12 to 20 cm] long, erect, distichous, subflexuous, sublax, successively few, many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, shorter to longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying glabrous flowers with a purple dorsal sepal, purple lateral sepals with the mid third light green and a purple central apparatus.

"This slender, caespitose species is distinguished by one or two subflexuous racemes that eventually surpass narrow leaves. The dorsal sepal spreads about 180 from a synsepal that is concave near the apex. The petals are three-veined, and the apex of the lip is broadly rounded, the bar is protuberant, and a row of three calli is present on the dorsum.." Luer 2016


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

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