Stelis straminea Luer & R.Escobar 2016 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Straw-Like Stelis [refers the bundles of proliferating ramicauls]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Cauca department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 3380 meters as a small sized, cold growing, densely caespitose, stolon producing epiphyte with erect slender ramicauls enveloped by 1 to 2 close, tubular sheaths below and at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a single, erect, arising through a slender spathe from a node at the apex of the amicaul, peduncle 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long, rachis 3.2 to 4.8" [8 to 12 cm] long, erect, congested, distichous, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, just shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying yellow flowers with glabrous sepals that are brown towards the base.

"This species has densely caespitose components as well as stolons, but mostly propagating ramicauls that sometimes accumulate into elongated clusters, like a bundle of straw. A raceme exceeds the leaf about twice the length; the sepals are ovate, obtuse and three-veined; and the petals are rounded and single-veined. The lip is ovoid and concave below a thick, retuse bar." Luer 2016


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

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