Stelis ambrosia Luer & R.Escobar 2016 SECTION Humboldtia

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TYPE Drawing and drawing by by Carl Luer

Common Name The Lovely Stelis [refers to the appearance of the flowering plant]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Putumayo department of Colombia at elevations around 2700 to 3240 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, sized, cold growing, short to long-repent epiphyte with erect, ascending 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, elliptical, subacute, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on an erect, arising from a node at the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .8 to .12" [2 to 3 cm] long, rachis 3.2 to 5.6" [8 to 14 cm] long , strict, congested, more or less secund, mostly simultaneously, many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, as long as to longer than than the ovary floral bracts and carrying glabrous flowers with red-brown to yellow sepals and a purpe to orange central apparatus.

"This species is repent, the lengths of the rhizome apparently influenced by local conditions, but details of the inflorescence remain the same. Flowers are produced slowly in a long raceme. Capsules are appearing low in the raceme, while many flowers persist above. The dorsal sepal is three-veined and elliptical with a rounded apex; the petals are three-veined; and the lip is short, broader than long, with an acute, triangular tip, and a deep glenion." Luer 2016


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

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