Stelis elementaria Luer & R.Escobar 2017 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Harvard Pap. Bot. 22: 91 Luer 2017


Common Name The Elementary Stelis [referring to the simple habit and flowers of a basic pattern]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Norte de Santander department of Colombia at elevations around 1650 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and another 1 to 2 at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring on a single, erect, arising from a node near the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long, rachis 2.4 to 3.2" [6 to 8 cm] long, erect, congested, distichous, many flowered inflorescence with oblique, obtuse, just shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying greenish white flowers.

"None of the characters of this little, caespitose species is distinctive, all the features found commonly in other species: a single inflorescence with a peduncle as long as elliptical, subacute leaves; glabrous, obtuse, three-veined sepals; thin, subcircular, three-veined petals; and a simple, slightly convex lip with a rounded apex." Luer 2017


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Harvard Pap. Bot. 22: 91 Luer 2017 Drawing fide