Stelis climacella Luer & R.Escobar 2016 SECTION Labiatae

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Little Ladder Stelis [refers to the long erect raceme with protruding dorsal sepals like steps]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia at elevations around 2050 meters as a just miniature to small sized, cool to cold growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath near the middle and 1 to 2 others below and at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on an erect, arising through a spathe from a node at the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 1.2 to 2" [3 to 5 cm] long, rachis 4.8 to 8" [12 to 20 cm] long, erect, strict, congested, disitchous, mostly simultaneously, many flowered inflorescence with tubular, obtuse, much shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying lioght green flowers.

"This slender, caespitose species is distinguished by narrowly elliptical, long-petiolate leaves, far exceeded by a long, distichous, many-flowered raceme with evenly spaced, nutant flowers with conspicuous, horizontally oriented dorsal sepals. The petals are single-veined. The lip is a modified type A with a broadly subtruncate apex with a an obtuse, marginal triangle." Luer 2016


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Harvard Pap. Bot. 21: 196 Luer & Escobar 2016 drawing fide