Stelis perbona Luer & R.Escobar 2016 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Very Nice Stelis

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia at elevations around 2250 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature 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, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a single, erect, arising through a spathe from a node at the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .6" [1.5 cm] long, rachis 2 to 3.2" [5 to 8 cm] long, erect, strict, distichous, mostly successively few, many flowered inflorescence with tubular, obtuse, as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying purple, glabrous flowers with the sepals lighter colored than the central apparatus.

"This densely caespitose, little species is distinguished by very slender ramicauls with acute, narrowly elliptical leaves about equally long, and a purple-flowered raceme more or less that exceeds the leaf. The sepals are obtuse and glabrous. The petals are transversely semilunate, more than twice wider than long with the corners acuminate. The broadly rounded apical margin is thick with more or less protruding crystals. The type A lip is subacute with a suborbicular callus on the surface below the bar." Luer 2016


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

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