Stelis aggregata Luer & R.Escobar 2016 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Clustered Stelis [refers to the plant habit]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Choco' department of Colombia at elevations around 2700 meters as a small sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a close, tubular sheath near the middle and 2 others below at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the ill-defined-petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on 3 to 12, erect, arising through a fugaceous spathe from a node near the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .8" [2 cm] long, rachis 2 to 4.8" [5 to 12 cm] long subcongested, distichous, mostly successively, many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying rose colored flowers.

"This medium sized, caespitose epiphyte is remarkable for the large number of simultaneous racemes about as long as the leaf. The dorsal sepal is five-veined and the petals are three-veined. The dorsum of the obtuse lip descends 45 degrees." Luer 2016


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Harvard Pap. Bot. 21: 193 Luer & Escobar 2016 drawing fide