Stelis prionota Luer & R.Escobar 2016 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name or Meaning The Saw-Like Stelis [refers to the floral bracts]

Flower Size .12" [3 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 loose, tublar sheath near the middle and another above the base and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, linear-elliptical, subacute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on an erect,cogested, strict, distichous, to 10" [25 cm] long, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acuminate, acute, longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying greenish white flowers with a purple central apparatus.

" This caespitose species is distinguished by an elongated, distichous raceme that far surpasses narrow, linear-elliptical, subacute leaves. Acuminate floral bracts protrude on both sides beyond the flowers. The sepals are obtuse and connate in their basal thirds to create a cavity for the central apparatus. The petals are small and three-veined. The lip is subhemispherical and deeply concave below a transverse, notched bar." Luer 2016


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Harvard Pap. Bot. 21: 216 Luer 2016 Drawing fide