Stelis euthema Luer & R.Escobar 2016 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing of by Carl Luer


Common Name The Well Arranged Stelis [refers to the plant morphology]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia at elevations around 2060 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath and another 1 to 2 below the middle and at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, 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 .2 to .48" [.5 to 1.2 cm], rachis to 1.4 to 1.8" [3.5 to 4.5 cm] long, erect, loose, flexuous, successively 1 to few, 5 to 8 flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying dull white flowers suffused with purple.

"This small, caespitose species is distinguished by a loose, flexuous, several-flowered raceme that often exceeds the leaves. The sepals are long-pubescent, obtuse and connate in their basal thirds to create a triangular cavity for the central apparatus. The petals are concave with a verrucose margin. The upper margin of the lip is the bar between the slightly concave anterior surface and the deflexed dorsum. The column exceeds the dorsum of the lip with expanded apical lobes overlying the petals." Luer 2017


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

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