Stelis quintella Luer & Hirtz 2017

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and Harvard Pap. Bot. 22: 101 Luer 2017

Common Name The Five Veined Little Stelis [referring to five-veined sepals occurring in a plant of a small size]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Nariño department of Colombia at elevations around 1600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on 1 to 2, erect, from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .5 to .8" [1.5 to 2 cm] long, rachis 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long, suberect, flexuous, distichous, simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, as long as the pedicel floral bracts and carrying purple flowers.

"This small, caespitose species is one of the smallest known with five-veined sepals. A flexuous raceme of purple flowers more or less equals elliptical leaves. The sepals are transversely ovate, glabrous, deeply connate and fiveveined; the petals are crescent-shaped with a broad margin; the lip is a simple type A." Luer 2017


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Harvard Pap. Bot. 22: 101 Luer 2017 Drawing fide