Stelis peregrina Luer 2018 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer


Common Name The Stranger Stelis [referring to a strange combination of several morphological features]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Putumayo department of Colombia at elevations around 3240 meters as a small sized, cold growing, ascending-repent epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and 2 to 3 others below and at the base and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a single, erect, arising through a slender spathe from a node near the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 3.2" [8 cm] long, rachis 4" [10 cm] long, erect, loose, subflexuous, distichous, successively few, several flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, shorter to as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying shortly pubescent flowers with cafe colored sepals and a yellow central apparatus.

"This large species is distinguished by a thick, ascending, repent rhizome with caespitose components; a compressed peduncle with a loose, subflexuous raceme; flowers nutant on acutely deflexed ovaries; shortly pubescent, 3-veined sepals; thin, 3-veined petals; and a pyriform lip concave and subcircular below a central, “V-shaped” callus." Luer 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Harvard Pap. Bot. 23: 165 Luer & Escobar 2018 drawing fide