Stelis lagarantha Luer & R.Escobar 2016 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Loosely Flowered Stelis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Santander department of Colombia at elevations around 2000 meters as a medium sized, cool to cold growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a close tubular sheath below the middle and another 1 to 2 below and at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute,narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on 1 to 2, simultaneous, arising through a spathe from a node at the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long, rachis 2 to 4.4" [5 to 11 cm] long, erect, strict, distichous, loosely, simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute , shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying purple flowers.

"Both medium-sized and small, caespitose variations of this species grow together. They are characterized by loosely flowered racemes of purple flowers that exceed narrowly ovate, acute leaves. The sepals are broadly ovate and three-veined; the petals are thick and three-veined; and the lip is type "A" with a spherical callus on the dorsum." Luer 2016


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Harvard Pap. Bot. 21: 203 Luer & Escobar 2016 drawing fide