Stelis tritriangulata Luer & R.Escobar 2017 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Three Triangled Stelis [refers to the two petals and lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Cauca department of Colombia at elevations around 3100 to 3300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, long repent, scandent epiphyte with ascending, erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 1 to 2 evanescent sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring on a single, arising through a spathe from a node near the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .08 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long, rachis 3.2 to 4" [8 to 10 cm] long, erect, strict, sublax, distichous, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with oblique, obtuse, as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying glabrous flowers with yellow sepals and a purple central apparatus.

"This long-repent species is characterized by a rhizome that produces at intervals a short, erect ramicaul with an acute, elliptical leaf with a sublaxly flowered raceme. The sepals are elliptical-ovate with the lateral sepals connate into a synsepal. The apices of the thick petals and the apex of the lip are triangular and acute." Luer & Escobar 2017


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Harvard Pap. Bot. 22: 58 Luer & Escobar 2017 drawing fide