Stelis ejuncida Luer & R.Escobar 2017 SECTION Stelis

Photo by M Rincon

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full Shade Cold LATER Spring

Common Name The Slender Rush-Like Stelis [refers to the plant habit]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Santander department of Colombia in wet montane forests at elevations around 2150 meters as a mini-mniature to miniature sized, cold growing, shortly ascending epiphyte with a slender ramicaul enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and another at the base and carrrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute to acute, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on an erect, arising through a fugacious spathe from a node a t the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long, rachis 2 to 2.8" [5 to 7 cm] long, erect to more or less arching, congested, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with conspicuous, broadly infundibular, oblique, acute as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying purple flowers.

"Although prolific by definition, apparently only one or two ramicauls are produced from the apex of a very slender ramicaul. The primary ramicauls are produced from a short, ascending rhizome, with some caespitose components. Middle-sized flowers are borne in congested racemes about as long as the leaf; the sepals are obtuse and 3-veined; the petals are semilunate with a thick margin; and the lip is type A, also with a broad margin." Luer 2017


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Harvard Pap. Bot. 22: 37 Luer & Escobar 2017;

LANKESTERIANA 23(2). Karremans, Moreno, Gil-Amaya, Morales, Espinosa, Mesa, Restrepo, Rincon-Gonzales, Serna, Sierra-Ariza and Vieira-Uribe 2023 photo fide;