Stelis clematis Luer & R.Escobar 2016 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Small Branching Stelis [refers to the plant habit]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia at elevations around 2200 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cool growing, repent epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, linear-elliptical, acute, narrowing below into the base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, from a node at the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .8" [2 cm] long, rachis 1.6 to 3.2" [4 to 8 cm] long, erect, strict, mostly simultaneously, many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, much shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying light yellow flowers.

"This small, branching, repent species is similar to the hoard of other, vegetatively variable species treated as variations of the ubiquitous Stelis pusilla Kunth, but Stelis clematis differs in the morphology of the lip. The lip is wider than long with the apex entire and broadly rounded, and with a smooth, curved bar. The dorsum is descending, slightly convex and microscopically pubescent." Luer 2016


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Harvard Pap. Bot. 21: 196 Luer & Escobar 2016 drawing fide