Stelis arrecta Luer & R.Escobar 2016 SECTION Dialissa

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Upright Stelis [refers to the plant habit]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Cundinamarca department of Colombia at elevations around 2200 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing, prolific, branching epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls producing antoher ramical from the node at the base of the leaf and enveloped by a evanesscent, tubular sheath from below the middle and 1 to 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, arising through a fugaceous spathe at the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .8" [2 cm] long, rachis 4.8 to 6" [12 to 15 cm] long crowded, secund, mostly simultaneously, many flowered inflorescence with tubular, subacute, shorter to a bit longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying yellow flowers.

"This species is characterized by an erect, more or less strict succession of prolific ramicauls. From each abscission layer at the base of a leaf, the next ramicaul, the inflorescence, and roots emerge. A solitary, simultaneously many-flowered, raceme far surpasses the elliptical leaf. The lateral sepals form a deeply concave synsepal, the petals are three-veined, and the broader than long lip has a glenion and short, obtuse apiculum.." Luer 2016


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Harvard Pap. Bot. 21: 195 Luer & Escobar 2016 drawing fide