Stelis amaliana Luer 2017 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name Amalia's Stelis [ Colombian Amalia Lehman de Sarria, Collected and cultivated the type]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Cauca department of Colombia without elevational data as a just mini-miniature to miniature sized, densely caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath on the middle third and 1 to 2 others about the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on 1 to 2, erect, arising through a spathe from a node near the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .8" [2 cm], rachis to 4 to 6.4" [10 to 16 cm] long, erect, erect, strict, distichous, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, shorter than to as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying yellow green flowers with the sepals lightly suffused with purple.

"This species from the southern Central Cordillera has no single feature to distinguish it from dozens of other species, except for the combination of the features: numerous, small flowers in a crowded, two-sided racemes twice longer than acute, elliptical leaves. The sepals and petals are not distinctive except for their small size about a half millimeter long and wide." Luer 2017

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Harvard Pap. Bot. 22: 27 Luer & Escobar 2017 as S amaliae drawing fide

*Harvard Pap. Bot. 22: 112 Luer 2017