Stelis discors Luer & Hirtz 2017 SECTION Stelis

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

Common Name The Discordant Stelis [referring to the marked difference in the sizes of the flowers in the lower part of the raceme compared to those above]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Nariño department of Colombia at elevations around 1950 meters as a small to just medium sized, cool growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by a loose tubular sheath on the middle third and 1 to 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, arising through a slender spathe from a node the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 4" [10 cm] long, erect, 11.2" [28 cm] long, subcongesteed, distichous, simultanceously many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying yellow flowers speckled with brown.

"This large, caespitose species is characterized by a long, many-flowered raceme with relatively large flowers in lower half, and flower parts with less than half the dimensions toward the tip. Smaller flowers toward the tip of a raceme are commonly seen, but this magnitude is unusual. The sepals are five-veined, and the thick petals are three-veined. The apex of the obtuse lip is short and acuminate." Luer 2017


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

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