Stelis vigoris Luer & Escobar 2017 >


TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Harvard Pap. Bot. 22: 112 Luer 2017


Common Name The Vigorous Stelis [referring to the robust habit with the inflorescence fasciculate with many-flowered racemes]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Santander department of Colombia at elevations around 2400 meters as a small sized, cold growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by a loosetubular sheath from below the middle and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on up to 7, simultaneous, erect, arising through a spathe from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 1.2 to 2.8" [3 to 7 cm] long, rachis 8 to 10" [20 to 25 cm] long, s erect, congested, distichous, successively several, many flowered inflorescence with oblique, subacute, inflated, longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying flowers with purple sepals that are glabrous and light purple within, yellow petals and a yellow lip.

"This large, robust, caespitose species is characterized by stout ramicauls that bear a large, elliptical leaf. One or up to seven many-flowered racemes are produced simultaneously with a proportionately small spathe. The sepals are broad, obtuse and deeply connate into an incompletely expanded flower. The three-veined sepals and the type A lip are not unusual." Luer 2017


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Harvard Pap. Bot. 22: 112 Luer 2017 Drawing fide