Stelis triaristata Luer1979 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by CarlLuer


Common Name The Three Awned Stelis {refers to the appearance of the flowers]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Panama province of Panama at elevations around 350 meters as a miniature to small sized, hot growing, caespitose epiphyte with terete, erect ramicauls enveloped by 1 to 2 loose, tubular, imbricating sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly linear-elliptical, subacute, gradually narrowing below into the slender base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on 1 to 2, shorter than the leaves, arising from a node near the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 1.2" [3 cm] long, rachis 4 to 6.4" [10 to 16 cm] long, erect, slender, crowded, secund, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with close, tubular, as long as to longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying greenish-white, glabrous flowers.

"This delicate species is characterized by the narrow leaves borne by short secondary stems concealed by loose sheaths. Borne in a slender, crowded raceme, the little greenish-whitish flowers appear to be composed of three very slender, diverging sepals." Luer & Escobar 2016


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 5: 193 Luer 1979;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing good;