Stelis papposa Luer & R.Escobar 2016 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Downy Stelis [Refers to the minute pubescescence of the sepals]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia at elevations around 2180 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath on the middle third and another 1 to 2 below and at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ellipical-oblong, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on 1 to 3, erect, from a node very near the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .4 to 1" [1 to 2.5 cm] long, rachis 12 to 12.8" [30 to 32 cm] long, erect, strict, secund, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and yellow, minutely pubescent flowers.

"This large, caespitose species is distinguished by slender ramicauls to 18 centimeters long and bearing shorter, elliptical-oblong leaves. One to three crowded, many minutely-flowered racemes are shorter than, or slightly surpass the leaves. The sepals are obtuse, three-veined and minutely pubescent, and the single-veined petals are sparsely pubescent on the margin. The lip is type A with the dorsum convex and microscopically pubescent." Luer 2016


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Harvard Pap. Bot. 21: 80 Luer 2016 drawing fide