Stelis rectangularis Luer & R.Escobar 2016 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Right Angled Stelis [referring to the 90 degree angle of the tips of the petals and lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia at elevations around 1820 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath above the middle and 1 to 2 others below and at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneaate below into the base leaf that blooms in the later spring on 2 to 3, erect, arising through a spathe from a node near the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 1.2" [3 cm] long, rachis 4.8 to 5.6" [12 to 14 cm] long, erect, strict, subcongested, distichous, mostly simutaneously many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying nutant, yellow flowers.

"This large, caespitose species is distinguished by two or three long racemes of nutant flowers. The sepals are pubescent with the lateral sepals antrorse. Most distinctive are the right-angled apices of both petals and lip." Luer 2016


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Harvard Pap. Bot. 21[2]:216 Luer & Escobar 2016 drawing fide