Stelis diprizo Luer 2017 SECTION Humboldtia

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


Common Name Double-Saw Stelis [referring to the racemes of the inflorescence]

Flower Size .16" [3 mm]

Found in Valle de Cauca department of Colombia at elevations around 2000 to 2400 meters as a small sized, cold growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath above the middle and another below and at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, acute, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall and early winter on 1 to 4, erect, arising through a spathe from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, 1.6 to 4.4" [4 to 11 cm] long, erect, strict, congested, distichous, flowering from the base, many flowered inflorescence with erect, oblique, acute, just shorter than the ovary, floral bracts and carrying dark red-violet flowers.

"This large, caespitose species of section Humboldtia is distinguished by an ovate, petiolate leaf, and a cluster of a few, congested; distichous racemes that resemble a double-bladed saw. The lip is distinctive with a thick, bigibbous bar with a deep glenion." Luer 2017


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

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