Stelis colombiana Ames 1922 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Ames and The Epidendra Website


Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Colombian Stelis

Flower Size .12 [3 mm]

Found in Cauca department of Colombia at elevations of 2500 to 3000 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a close, tubular sheath above the middle and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic-oblong, obtuse, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on 1 to 2, erect, thin, 2.8 [7 cm] long including the peduncle, many flowered inflorescence with obliquely infundibuliform, acute, shorter to as longas the ovary floral bracts.

Allied to S crassilabia.

"Vegetatively, this large species resembles many others with two or more racemes more or less equaling the leaf, but it is distnguished from them by small, obtuse, threeveined, pubescent sepals; thin, three-veined petals; and a lip concave below a thick, grooved bar, and a rounded, minutely apiculate apex. The author explicitly excludes Stelis corae Foldats from the synonymy of Stelis colombiana (Duque, 2008: 265, albeit indirectly)." Luer 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Schedul. Orch. 1: 4-5 Ames 1922 drawing fide;

Harvard Pap. Bot. 23: 24 Luer & Escobar 2018 Drawing fide