Stelis amilotensis Luer & R.Escobar 2017 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Harvard Pap. Bot. 22: 82 Luer 2017

Common Name Amilot Stelis [Tolima spelled backwards where the species was discovered]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Tolima department of Colombia at elevations around 3000 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by a close tubular sheath above the middle and 2 others below the middle and at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on 1 to 2, arising through a spathe at the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .8" [2 cm] long, erect, congested, rachis 2.8 to to 4.4" [7 to 11 cm] long, distichous, mostly simultaneously several flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, just shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

"This large, caespitose species is distinguished by a combination of morphological features that are not unusual: slender ramicauls, elliptical leaves, and one or two inflorescences that equal or shortly exceed the leaves; broad, obtuse, glabrous sepals with the dorsal sepal five-veined; thick, three-veined petals; and a wide but shallow, type A lip with a round, dorsal callus between a thick, shallowly cleft bar and the base. This combination of morphological features sets Stelis amitolensis apart from all others." Luer 2017


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Harvard Pap. Bot. 22: 82 Luer 2017 Drawing fide