Stelis rhomboidea Garay 1956 SECTION Stelis

Photo by M Rincon

Drawing

Drawing by Carl Luer

Drawing

Original Drawings by Padre Pedro Ortiz Conserved at the Herbario de la Universidad Javeriana, Bogota Colombia

Common Name The Rhomboid Stelis

Flower Size .3" [8 mm]

Found in Cundinamarca department of Colombia in montane cloud forests at elevations around 2800 to 2900 meters as a just small sized, cold growing, caespitose or from a short rhizome epiphtye with slender, erect, ramicauls basally enveloped by 2 to 3 sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic-oblong, obtuse and tridenticulate apically, narrowing below in to the petiolate base leaf that blooms on a solitary, arising through a compressed spathe, to 4.8" [12 cm] long, racemose, erect, distichous, laxly few flowered inflorescence with beaked downward at the apiculate apex, cucullate, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying dark purple flowers.

A small plant with a slender, few flowered inflorescence with beaked floral bracts, a long, rhomboid lip, and suborbicular single veined petals. Similar to S rhombilabia.

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 Drawing ok;

Harvard Pap. Bot. 23: 41 Luer & Escobar 2018 drawing fide;

LANKESTERIANA 23(2). Karremans, Moreno, Gil-Amaya, Morales, Espinosa, Mesa, Restrepo, Rincon-Gonzales, Serna, Sierra-Ariza and Vieira-Uribe 2023 photo fide;

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