Stelis trimera Luer 2009 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Selbyana 30:70 Luer & Escobar 2009


Common Name The Tripart Stelis [refers to the three similar sepals]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Boyaca department of Colombia at elevations around 2600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, presumably caespitose epiphyte with erect slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute apically, narrowly cuneate below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on an erect, arising from near the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 1.2" [3 cm] long, rachis 3.2" [8 cm] long, strict, congested, mostly simultaneously, many flowered inflorescence with acute, as long as the the pedicel floral bracts andcarrying unknown color.

"This little species from the Eastern Cordillera of Colombia is similar to the widely distributed, frequent, and variable Stelis pusilla, but it differs from the latter with twice larger flowers. The three sepals are similar and elliptical, but with the lateral sepals diverging 180. The petals are similarly single-veined; and except for size, the lip is similar, type-B." Luer 2009


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 30: 24 Luer & Escobar 2009 Drawing fide;