Stelis aleanophila Luer 2017 SECTION Labiatae

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Harvard Pap. Bot. 22: 81 Luer 2017


Common Name The Warmth Loving Stelis

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Putumayo department of Colombia at elevations around 700 to 900 meters as a miniature sized, warm growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by a close tubular sheath below the middle and 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer on a single, arising through a slender spathe from a node near the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long, erect, congested, strict, rachis 4 to 5.6" [10 to 14 cm] long, distichous, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

"This species from lowland, southeastern Colombia is characterized by densely caespitose, slender ramicauls that bear narrow, elliptical leaves that are exceeded by a many-flowered raceme of small flowers. The sepals are ovate, subacute and three-veined, with the laterals antrorse, mimicking a synsepal. The petals are cuneate and singleveined. The lip is subquadrate with a thick, notched bar, and a truncate apex with a small, triangular apiculum." Luer 2017


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Harvard Pap. Bot. 22: 81 Luer 2017 Drawing fide