Stelis chasmiphora Luer & R.Escobar 2017 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Harvard Pap. Bot. 22: 84 Luer 2017

Common Name The Chasm Bearing Stelis [refers to the cavity between the halves of the bar]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Putumayo department of Colombia at elevations around 2200 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, oblong-elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on an erect, arising through a slender spathe from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .6" [1.5 cm] long, erect, congested, rachis 2.8 to to 4.4" [6 to 7 cm] long, distichous, many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, as long as the ovary floral bracts.

"This caespitose species is characterized by a smallflowered, distichous raceme that slightly exceeds the leaf. The sepals are short-pubescent and the petals are thick and three-veined. The lip is a variation the type A with the halves of the bar widely and deeply separated with a rounded callus from the base interposed." Luer 2017


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Harvard Pap. Bot. 22: 84 Luer 2017 Drawing fide