Stelis caldodsonii Luer & R.Escobar 2016 SECTION Labiatae

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name Cal Dodson's Stelis [American Botanist in Ecuador]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia at elevations around 2600 meters as a small sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and another 1 to 2 at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-ovate, acute to subacute , cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on a single, arising through a spathe from a node at the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 1.6 to 3.6" [9 to 14 cm], rachis to 8 to 12" [20 to 30 cm] long, erect, distichous, crowded, mosly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with tubular, obtuse, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying rose-colored flowers.

"This tall, slender species is characterized by a peduncle about as long as the leaf, and a many-flowered raceme about twice longer. The sepals are acute with the laterals antrorse. Small, rounded, single-veined petals flank the most unusual, longer shaft of the column. The lip is rounded and shallowly concave." Luer 2016


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Harvard Pap. Bot. 21: 62 Luer & Escobar 2016 drawing fide