Stelis stolonifera Luer & Hirtz 2017 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and Harvard Pap. Bot. 22: 108 Luer 2017


Common Name The Branch Bearing Stelis [referring to to the prolific habit]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Nariño department of Colombia at elevations around 3000 to 3200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, prolific, branching epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by a tubular, fugaceous sheath from above the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute , cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on 1 to 2, erect, arising through a thin spathe from the apex of the ramicaul, 2 to 5.6" [5 to 14 cm] long, erect, strict, subflexuous, distichous, flowering from the base; mostly simultaneously, many flowered inflorescence with small, oblique, inflated, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying yellow flowers.

"This species is remarkable for the prolific habit of forming plantlets as it ascends. In addition to another ramicaul, one or two congested racemes are produced from the apex of the ramicaul. The sepals are non-spreading with the laterals antrorse. The petals are inflated into hemispheres. The lip is type A." Luer 2017


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Harvard Pap. Bot. 22: 108 Luer 2017 Drawing fide