Stelis dasysepala Luer & R.Escobar 2016 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Shaggy Sepal Stelis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia at elevations around 2380 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with erect, fasciculate, stout ramicauls enveloped by a loose, tubular sheath below the middle and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute, narrowing below into the indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, arising from a node at the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 1.2" [3cm] long, rachis 2.4 to 3.2" [6 to 8 cm] long, erect, subflexuous, distichous, successively several, many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts and carrying purple flowers.

"This little, caespitose species is characterized by fasciculate, loosely sheathed ramicauls with narrowly elliptical leaves; a much longer, subflexuous raceme; broadly ovate, three-veined, coarsely pubescent sepals; thin, three-veined petals; and a type "C" lip with an elevated callus that descends from the dorsum over bar into a glenion." Luer 2016


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Harvard Pap. Bot. 21: 198 Luer & Escobar 2016 drawing fide