Stelis escobarii Luer 2017 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing of S rodrigoi by © Carl Luer


Common Name Escobar's telis [Colombian Orchidologist 2009]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Colombia without locational data as a medium sized, cool to cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a close tubular sheath above the middle and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall and early winter on 3, arising through a spathe from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 1.6 to 2" [4 to 5 cm], rachis to 6.4 to 7.2" [16 to 18 cm] long, erect, distichous, densely and simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, shorter than to as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying flowers with light yellow-green suffused with red towards the tips, glabrous sepals yellow petals and a green lip.

"A specimen of this unusually large species was made from a plant without collection data cultivated by Colomborquídeas. It is distinguished by long ramicauls and large, petiolate leaves. Two of the three ramicauls bear three racemes that barely equal or surpass the leaf. Rather small flowers are produced in abundance. The sepals are transversely ovate, much broader than long, with acuminate tips. The petals are three-veined, and the lip is type A." Luer 2017

Synonyms Stelis rodrigoi Luer 2016

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Harvard Pap. Bot. 21: 85 Luer 2016 drawing fide

*Harvard Pap. Bot. 22: 112 Luer 2017