Stelis pachythrix Luer & R.Escobar 2016 SECTION Stelis

Photo by N Guttierez

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full Shade CoolColdLATERSpring

Common Name The Thick Haired Stelis

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Santander department of Colombia in wet montane forests at elevations around 2150 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cool to cold growing, repent epiphyte with ascending, erect ramicauls enveloped by a loose, tubular sheath below the middle and another at the abse and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below intot he subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a single, arising through a spathe from a node at the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 1.2 to 2.8" [3 to 7 cm] long, simultaneosuly several, many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying light yellow, glabrous flowers.

"This creeping, climbing species with a long, manyflowered raceme is distinct with a sparse pubescence of conspicuously thick hairs toward the margins of broadly ovate sepals. The petals are thin, circular and three-veined. The lip is a variation of type C, and shallowly concave within a smooth, thin, rounded margin." Luer 2016


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Harvard Pap. Bot. 21: 213 Luer & Escobar 2016;

LANKESTERIANA 23(2). Karremans, Moreno, Gil-Amaya, Morales, Espinosa, Mesa, Restrepo, Rincon-Gonzales, Serna, Sierra-Ariza and Vieira-Uribe 2023 photo fide;