Stelis stipitata Luer & R.Escobar 2016 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Crowded Together Stelis [refers the fasciculate ramicauls]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2400 meters as a miniature to medium sized, cold growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with erect slender ramicauls produced in tight clusters and enveloped by a close, tubular sheath near the middle and another 1 to 2, below and about the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate bse leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on 1 to 2, erect, arising through a slender spathe from a node on the ramicaul, peduncle .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long, rachis 2.8 to 6" [7 to 15 cm] long, erect, strict, distichous, densely, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with oblique, obtuse, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying purple flowers with shortly pubescent sepals.

"This tall, slender species is densely caespitose, the slender ramicauls growing in a tight cluster. The acute, elliptical leaves are exceeded by one or two densely manyflowered racemes with small flowers. The sepals are shortly pubescent, the petals are three-veined, and the lip is type A with a small, obtuse apiculum and with the dorsum minutely pubescent." Luer 2016


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Harvard Papers in Botany 21: 218 Luer 2016 drawing fide;