Stelis torulosa Luer & R.Escobar 2016 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by CarlLuer


Common Name The Little Projecting Knob Stelis {refers to the callus on the dorsum of the lip]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia at elevations around 2350 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by a close tubular sheath below the middle and 1 to 2 others 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 later spring on 1 to 2, shorter than the leaves, arising from a node near the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .4" [1 cm] long rachis 2 to 2.8" [5 to 7 cm] long, erect, strict, congested, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, much shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying purple, minutely pubescent flowers.

"This caespitose species is characterized by very slender ramicauls with acute, narrow, petiolate leaves and one or two racemes nearly as long. The sepals and petals are threeveined. The lip is a modified type A with an ovoid callus that extends from the base to projecting over the bar." Luer & Escobar 2016


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Harvard Pap. Bot. 21: 221 Luer & Escobar 2016 drawing fide