Stelis risaraldae Luer & R.Escobar 2017 SECTION Stelis

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


Common Name The Risaralda Stelis [referring to the department of Colombia where the orchid occurs]

Flower Size

Found in Risaralda department of Colombia at elevations around 2100 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and another1 to 2 at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on 1 to 2, erect, arising through a slender spathe from a node near the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .6" [1.5 cm] long, rachis 1.6 to 1.8" [4 to 4.5 cm] long, erect, sublax, distichous, successively 5 to 6, many flowered inflorescence with tubular, obtuse, as long as the pedicel floral bracts and carrying flowers with creamy white sepals , yellow petals and a purple lip.

"This little species is characterized by flowers with broadly ovate, ciliate sepals in one or two racemes shorter than an acute, ovate leaf. The sepals were noted to be creamy white in the fresh collection with the petals yellow, and the lip purple. The petals are thick and three-veined, and the small lip is a simple type A." Luer 2017


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

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