Stelis curiosa Luer & R.Escobar 2016 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Curious Stelis [refers to the unusual habit]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Risaralda? department of Colombia withot locational data as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, densely shortly repent epiphyte with ascending-erect, alternating, slender ramicauls enveloped by a close, tubular sheath below the middle and another 1 to 2 about the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly ovate, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on 2 to 3, from a node near the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .4" [1 cm], rachis 1.4 to 1.6" [3.5 to 4 cm] long, erect, simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, acuminate, as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying white flowers.

"This small, shortly repent species is characterized by an erect rhizome that produces erect, ascending ramicauls only a millimeter or two apart. The leaves are acute and narrowly ovate, about as long as the two or three densely flowered racemes of white flowers that accompany it. The sepals are ovate and pubescent; the petals are single-veined; and the subcordate lip is minutely pubescent." Luer 2016


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Harvard Pap. Bot. 21: 65 Luer & Escobar 2016 drawing fide