Stelis sobrina Luer & R.Escobar 2017 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Harvard Pap. Bot. 22: 107 Luer 2017


Common Name The Cousin Stelis [referring to a similarity to Stelis polybotrya Lindl.]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Cauca department of Colombia at elevations of 3070 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cold growing, densely 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 early summer on 1 to 3, simultaneous, erect, arising through a spathe from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .4" [1 cm] long, flowering from near the base of the inflorescence, 1 to 1.6" [2.5 to 4 cm] long, erect, strict, congested, distichous, simultaneously many, many-flowered inflorescence with infundibular, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying flowers with dark red-purple externally, yellow within sepals.

"With a few racemes shorter than leaf this species is similar to Stelis polybotrya Lindl., but differs by shorter ramicauls and leaves, proportionately longer inflorescences, and an obtuse lip that is shortly acuminate at an incurved tip." Luer 2017


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Harvard Pap. Bot. 22: 107 Luer 2017 Drawing fide