Stelis uberis Luer & R.Escobar 2016 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Fertile Stelis [refers to the abundant production of seed capsules]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Santander department of Colombia at elevations around 2370 to 2800 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and 1 to 2 others below and at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a single, arising from a node below the abscission layer, peduncle 2 to 3.6" [5 to 9 cm] long, rachis 3.6 to 8" [9 to 20 cm] long, erect, strict, secund, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with oblique, erect, acute, shorter to longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying light yellow green, pubescent flowers.

"This tall, slender, caespitose species is characterized by a long, secund, successively many-flowered raceme with most flowers developing capsules. Very few flowers remain open between buds and closed flowers with swollen ovaries. The sepals are pubescent and three-veined; the petals are single-veined; and the lip is type A with a round apex, a cleft bar, and a minutely pubescent dorsum." Luer & Escobar 2016


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Harvard Pap. Bot. 21[2]: 223 Luer & Escobar 2016 drawing fide