Stelis antioquiensis Schltr. 1920 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by © Rudolf Schlechter

Another Drawing

Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Antioquia Stelis [refers to the species location]

Flower Size .18” [4.5 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia at elevations around 2300 meters as a medium sized, cold growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with a slender, erect ramicaul enveloped by a tubular sheath near the middle and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, lanceolate-oblong, acuminate, narrowing below int othe petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on 2 to 4, very slender, secund, 6 to 8” [15 to 20 cm] long , laxly many flowered inflorescence with ovate-cucullate, acuminate, much shorer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying dark purple to occasionally pale yellow flowers.

"This species was apparently abundant locally where collected, no subsequent collection is known. The description of the plant offered herein was made from Schlechter’s description and photos of the type. The flower was drawn from two pickled flowers from the type at K. Stelis antioquiënsis is large and slender with acute, slightly acuminate, narrow, petiolate leaves surpassed by two to four loose, racemes of relatively large flowers with microscopically pubescent sepals. The dorsal sepal has five veins with an occasional additional, incomplete pair. The rounded, apical margin of both the three-veined petals and the type A lip is broad and thick with scattered, microscopic particles." Luer 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 7: 83 Schlechter 1920 drawing fide;

Harvard Pap. Bot. 23: 21 Luer & Escobar 2018 Drawing fide