Stelis boyacensis Luer & R.Escobar 2017 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Boyaca Stelis [A department of Colombia]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Boyaca' department of Colombia at elevations around 2500 meters as a robust, small to medium sized, densely caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath above the middle and 1 to 2 others below and about the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, ovate, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on 1 to 2, arising through a spathe from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .8" [2 cm], rachis to 4.8 to 7.2" [12 to 18 cm] long, erect, strict, distichous, subcongested, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying sensitive, green flowers with glabrous sepals.

"This large, robust species is similar to other large species with medium-sized flowers with 5-veined sepals, i.e. Stelis colossus but is best distinguished from all of them by petals with a subacute apex, and floral bracts are not large and imbricating. The flowers are sensitive, closing with disturbance, but opening in pickling solution. The lip is type A with a deep glenion." Luer 2017


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Harvard Pap. Bot. 22: 29 Luer & Escobar 2017 drawing fide