Stelis ricaurtensis Luer & Hirtz 2017 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and Harvard Pap. Bot. 22: 103 Luer 2017


Common Name The Uniquely Singular Stelis [referring to the details of the lip]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Nariño department of Colombia at elevations of 1600 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by a close, tubular sheath below the middle and another 1 to 2 below at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a single, erect, arising through a slender spathe from a node near the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .2" [5 mm] long, 4.8 to 5.2" [12 to 14 cm] long, erect, strict, congested, simultaneously many, many-flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying yellow flowers.

"Vegetatively, this medium-sized, caespitose species with narrowly acute, elliptical leaves borne by ramicauls about equally long; ovate, acute, three-veined sepals; thin, three-veined petals; and a type A lip with a glenion is not remarkable. It is distinguished from the horde of others by the combination of the above morphological characters. The details of the lip cannot certain, because the lip is described from a rehydrated flower." Luer 2017


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Harvard Pap. Bot. 22: 103 Luer 2017 Drawing fide