Stelis divaricans Luer & R.Escobar 2016 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Spreading Out Stelis [refers to the loosely flowered raceme]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Putumayo department of Colombia at elevations around 2700 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a relatively short, tubular sheath from near the middle and another below the middle and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on 2, simultaneous, erect, arising through a slender spathe from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long, rachis 6 to 7.2" [15 to 18 cm] long, erect, strict, lax, distichous, simultaneously several, many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying dark purple flowers.

"This large, caespitose species is characterized by long ramicauls with acute, elliptical leaves and a pair of long racemes from each of the four stems of the present collection. The racemes are loosely flowered all the way to the tip. The flowers are dark purple and relatively large with three-veined sepals and petals. The lip is triangular in lateral view with the acutely descending dorsum being the hypotenuse." Luer 2016


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Harvard Pap. Bot. 21: 199 Luer & Escobar 2016 drawing fide Harvard Papers in Botany Vol 16 No 2: 352 Luer, Thoerle and Werner 2011 as S franciscensis drawing fide;