Stelis bracteolenta Luer & R.Escobar 2016 SECTION Humboldtia

Photo by M Rincon

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full Shade

Common Name The ? Stelis

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Cundinamarca department of Colombia in wet montane forests at elevations around 2700 meters as a minianture sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and another 1 to 2 below and at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate bsae leaf that blooms in the later pring on a single, erect, arising througha spathe from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .8" [2 cm] long, rachis to 2.6" [14 cm] long, strict, distichous, loosely successively few, many flowered inflorescence with infundibular, dilated with the tip acute, more or less reflexed, shorter to as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying dark purple flowers

"This medium-sized, caespitose species is distinguished by a loosely flowered raceme with rather large, dilated floral bracts with margins and tip more or less recurved. The flowers are dark purple and large with the sepals multiveined, the lateral sepals connate into a concave synsepal; the petals are thick, three-veined; the lip is type "A" with the three veins thickened on the dorsum as low, rounded calli." Luer 2016


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

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

LANKESTERIANA 23(2). Karremans, Moreno, Gil-Amaya, Morales, Espinosa, Mesa, Restrepo, Rincon-Gonzales, Serna, Sierra-Ariza and Vieira-Uribe 2023 photo fide;