Stelis chalatantha Luer & Hirtz 2016 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer

Common Name The Loose, Relaxed Stelis [refers to the raceme]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Nariño department of Colombia at elevations around 1600 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and 2 others below and at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on 1 to 3, erect, arising through a slender spathe from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .08" [2 mm] long, rachis 4 to 4.8" [10 to 12 cm] long, lax, distichous, mostly simultaneously, many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, much shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying yellow flowers.

"This caespitose species is characterized by one to three, loosely flowered racemes equaling or slightly surpassing an acute, elliptical leaf. The sepals are narrowly obtuse, threeveined and shortly pubescent. The petals are also obtuse and three-veined. The lip is type "A" with the bar elevated centrally with a glenion." Luer 2016


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

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