Stelis desautelsii Luer 2017


TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Harvard Pap. Bot. 22: 89 Luer 2017

Common Name Desautels' Stelis [Named for Paul Desautels (19201991), collector of this species]

Flower Size .16" [3 mm]

Found in Cauca department of Colombia at elevations around 2000 meters as a small sized, cool to cold growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath in the middle third and another 1 to 2 at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on 1 to 2, erect, arising through a spathe from a node near the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 2" [5 cm] long, erect, strict, rachis 6 to 8" [15 to 20 cm] long, congested, distichous, many flowered inflorescence with erect, obtuse, shorter than the ovary, as long as the pedicel floral bracts and carrying yellow flowers with a brown lip.

"This large, caespitose species is characterized by a congested raceme that exceeds an elliptical leaf. Erect, obtuse floral bracts embrace the rachis and enclose the pedicels. The sepals are broadly obtuse, three-veined and pubescent, and the petals thick and three-veined. The lip is concave below the bar, but instead of being smooth, notched, or cleft, a small callus descends toward the apical margin that has a short, obtuse apiculum." Luer 2017


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Harvard Pap. Bot. 22: 89 Luer 2017 Drawing fide