Stelis ellipsophylla Luer & R.Escobar 2017 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing of by Carl Luer


Common Name The Elliptic Leaf Stelis

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Choco' department of Colombia at elevations around 2680 meters as a medium sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by a short, tubular sheath above the middle and unknown if below and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a single, arising through a slender spathe from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 2" [5 cm], rachis to 10" [25 cm] long, erect to arching, lax below congested above, distichous, mostly simultaneously, many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying flowers with dark purple externally, greenish purple within, glabrous sepals and a green central apparatus.

"The ramicaul of this large, robust species was broken away from the plant, and a search failed in discovering the missing base, or another plant. The single ramicaul is .2" [5 mm] thick, 19" [25 cm] long, and bears a large elliptical leaf and a pair of long, many-flowered inflorescences. The flowers are large with 6-veined sepals, and the petals are thick and 3-veined. The lip is thick and subquadrate below the middle, then narrowed into a concave, rounded apex." Luer 2017


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Harvard Pap. Bot. 22: 37 Luer 2017 drawing fide