Stelis trifoliacea Luer & R.Escobar 2016 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Clover-Like Stelis {refers to the subcircular sepals]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Choco' department of Colombia at elevations around 400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a loose, tubular, sheath below the middle and another 2 below and at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the slender base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a single, , arising from a node below the abscission layer, peduncle 1.2" [3 cm] long, rachis 3.5" [9 cm] long, erect, distichous, congested, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying yellow , minutely short pubescent flowers with lighter yellow sepals.

"This small, densely caespitose species occurs at a low altitude in western, coastal Colombia. It is characterized by an acute, elliptical leaf surpassed by a congested, manyflowered raceme of flowers with rounded sepals, reminiscent of the three leaves of clover. The lip is most distinctive with a rounded, elevated callus (a modified bar) that extends from the base and curving forward and downward to the apex, a type C similar to that of Stelis argentata , but without an apiculum." Luer & Escobar 2016


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

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