Stelis arbuscula Luer & R.Escobar 2016 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Bush-Like Stelis [refers to the plant habit]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia at elevations around 1900 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, repent to suberect epiphyte with ascending to suberect , relatively stout ramicauls enveloped by a loose tubular sheath and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a single, from a node at the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle minimal if at all, rachis to 1 to 1.4" [2.5 to 3.5 cm] long, erect, strict, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acuminate, acute, longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying light yellow flowers with shortly pubescent sepals.

"This small, creeping to suberect species is characterized by a thick, branching rhizome clothed in loose sheaths, and closely spaced short ramicauls with elliptical leaves and congested racemes that barely surpass them, if at all. The floral bracts are long-acuminate; the sepals are broadly ovate, obtuse and shortly pubescent; the petals are threeveined; and the lip is classical type A" Luer 2016


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Harvard Pap. Bot. 21: 60 Luer & Escobar 2016 drawing fide