Stelis sublesta Luer & R.Escobar 2016 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Trivial Stelis [refers to the small habit similar to many others]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Putumayo department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, densely caespitose 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, elliptical, obtuse to narrowly rounded, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a single, erect, arising through a spathe from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 1.6 to 2.4" [4 to 6 cm] long, rachis 4.8 to 6" " [12 to 15 cm] long, erect, congested, distichous, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, just shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying tan flowers with glabrous sepals.

"This small, caespitose species is distinguished by an elongated, many-flowered raceme with the peduncle longer than the elliptical leaf. Except for being about twice larger, the obtuse, three-veined sepals and the single-veined petals are similar to those of Stelis pusilla . The lip is also a type A with a thick, sulcate bar." Luer 2016


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Harvard Papers in Botany 21: 220 Luer 2016 drawing fide;