Stelis andrei Luer 2009 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Selbyana 30:62 Luer & Escobar 2009


Common Name Andre's Stelis [Edouard-Francois Andre, French botanist, collector of this species 1800.s]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Narino department of Colombia without elevational data as a miniature to small sized, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by tubular sheath above the middle and another below the middle and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, acute, acuminate, abruptly contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on an erect, arising through a broad spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long, rachis 6.4" [16 cm] long, subdensely, successively few, many flowered inflorescence with loose, obtuse, longer than the pedicel floral bracts.

"This species is known from a single, nineteenth-century collection by Andre. All ovaries are swollen, but the remaining flowers are in remarkably good condition. The plant is medium in size with slender ramicauls considerably longer than the ovate, acuminate-tipped leaf with an abrupt petiole. The inflorescence of relatively large flowers surpasses the leaf. The sepals are multiveined with the lateral sepals more or less parallel and connate in the basal third; the petals are thick and 3-veined; and the lip is type-A with a nearly flat front and dorsal surfaces." Luer 2009


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 30: 20 Luer & Escobar 2009 Drawing fide;