Stelis euglossina Luer & R.Escobar 2016 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing of by Carl Luer


Common Name The Good Tongue Stelis [refers to the lip]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Santander department of Colombia at elevations around 3000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath above the middle and another below the middle and 1 at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in later spring on a single, from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .4 to 1.2" [1 to 3 cm], rachis to 1.6 to 2" [4 to 5 cm] long, erect, strict, distichous, mostly simultaneously, many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying yellow to purple flowers.

"This small, caespitose species is distinguished by prominently bracted, many-flowered racemes that exceed elliptical leaves, and medium-sized flowers. The sepals are pubescent, ovate, and varying from .2" [5 mm] long low in the raceme to .12" [3 mm] long near the tip; the petals are thin and three-veined; and the protruding, elliptical lip is .12" [3 mm] long long. The lip is shallowly concave with the bar widely cleft, and the apex is shallowly notched." Luer 2017


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Harvard Pap. Bot. 21: 68 Luer 2016 drawing fide