Stelis trullilabia Luer & R.Escobar 2016 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Little Spoon-Like Lip Stelis [refers to the lip]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Cauca department of Colombia at elevations around 3070 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a loose, tubular sheath near the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a single, arising through a sheath from a node from the ramicaul, peduncle .8 to 1" [2 to 2.5 cm] long, rachis 1" [2.5 cm] long, erect, flexuous, mostly simultaneously to 10 flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, a bit longer to as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying brown, glabrous flowers.

"This graceful, little species is characterized by tiny ramicauls enclosed by inflated sheaths; a flexuous raceme shorter than the peduncle; brown flowers with obtuse, ovate sepals; round, three-veined petals; and an oblong, concave lip with the tip rounded like a spoon." Luer & Escobar 2016


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Harvard Pap. Bot. 21: 88 Luer & Escobar 2016 drawing fide