Stelis craticula Luer & R.Escobar 2017 SECTION Humboldtia

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Lattice Stelis [refers to the delicate racemes]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia at elevations around 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing, ascending scandent, long repent epiphyte with ascending, relatively stout ramicauls enveloped by a loose, tubular sheath and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in winter on a single, arising through a spathe from a node at the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .4" [3 cm], rachis to 2.4 to 3.6" [6 to 9 cm] long, erect, distichous, subcongested, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with oblique, obtuse, dilated, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying tiny white flowers.

"This small species is superficially similar to many others with an erect inflorescence twice longer than an elliptical leaf, but it differs by a distichous raceme with tiny, white, spaced evenly flowers, imparting a distinctive appearance. The sepals are ovate and 3-veined, the petals are singleveined, and the bar of the lip is thick, smooth and shallowly sulcate." Luer 2017


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Harvard Pap. Bot. 22: 33 Luer & Escobar 2017 drawing fide