Stelis carnalis Luer & R.Escobar 2016 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Fleshy Stelis [refers to the succulent like leaves]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia at elevations around 2050 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and another 1 to 2 near and at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-obovate, obtuse to subacute, narrowing below into the base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a single, arising through a spathe from a node at the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 1.6 to 3.6" [4 to 9 cm], rachis to 4.8 to 5" [12 to 15 cm] long, erect, distichous, subdensely, successively several, many flowered inflorescence with tubular, obtuse, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying yellow flowers with a purple central apparatus.

"This little, caespitose species is characterized by thick, narrowly elliptical-obovate leaves borne by much shorter ramicauls. An erect raceme bears medium-sized flowers with transverse, three-veined sepals that are yellow above the middle and purple below the middle. The petals are three-veined, and the lip is type A with a small, rounded callus on the dorsum." Luer 2016


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Harvard Pap. Bot. 21: 63 Luer & Escobar 2016 drawing fide