Stelis zelleri Luer 2017

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


Common Name Zeller's Stelis [Named for Ernst Zeller of Ulm, Germany, who collected and cultivated this species current]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Risaralda department of Colombia at elevations around 1800 to 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath from below the middle and 1 to 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and fall on a single, erect, arising from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, 2" [5 cm] long, erect, loose, flexuous, successively 1 to 2, few flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying light green flowers with white pubescence.

"This small, caespitose species from the Central Cordillera has many features similar to Stelis verruculosa Luer & R.Escobar, a repent species from the Eastern Cordillera. Both share a flexuous, successively flowered raceme of superficially similar flowers with pubescent sepals, but differing markedly in morphology of the petals, lip and column. The lip of Stelis zelleri resembles the petals with a narrowly margined, rounded apex." Luer 2017


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

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