Stelis caliensis Luer 2009 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Selbyana 30:64 Luer & Escobar 2009

Common Name The Cali Stelis [A large city in southern Colombia where the species was found]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Cauca department of Colombia at elevations around 1970 meters as a small sized?, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect ramicauls with length, sheaths and roots unknown and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, oblong-ovate, subacute, abruptly contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, arising through a broad spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .8 to 1.6" [2 to 4 cm] long, rachis 7.2" [18 cm] long, densely many flowered inflorescence with loose, obtuse, longer than the pedicel floral bracts.

"This species is known from a single, incomplete, nineteenth-century collection by Andre. The ramicaul is broken off 2" [5 cm] below the abscission layer, so the full length, sheaths, roots and habit are unknown. The leaf is abruptly petiolate and surpassed by a multiflowered raceme of relatively large, dark red-violet flowers. The dorsal sepal is free above the basal .04" [1 mm], and the lateral sepals are connate into a concave synsepal. The petals are thickly margined, and the type-A lip is deeply concave anteriorly and broadly callous on the dorsum." Luer 2009


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 30: 21 Luer & Escobar 2009 Drawing fide;