Stelis sceptrumrubrum Luer & R.Escobar 2017 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer & and Harvard Papaers in Botany Vol 22[1]:56 2017

Common Name The Red Sword Stelis [refers to Inflorescence]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Norte de Santander department of Colombia on paramo trees at elevations around 2750 meters as a miniature to miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by a fugaceous sheath 2 to 3 others below and at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a single, arising through a spathe from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 2.4 to 2.8" [6 to 7 cm] long, erect, rachis 5.2 to 6.4" [14 to 16 cm] long, congested, secund, mostly simultaneously, many flowered inflorescence with oblique, obtuse, just shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying purple, glabrous flowers.

"This robust, caespitose species is distinguished by a congested, secund raceme of flowers with convex sepals, suggesting a solid, red baton. The dorsal sepal is 5-veined, the lateral sepals are 4-veined, and the petals are 3-veined. The subquadrate lip is remarkable with a central, sulcate callus overlying the bar. Luer & Escobar 2017


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Harvard Papaers in Botany Vol 22[1]:56 Luer & Escobar 2017 drawing fide;