Stelis exaltata Luer & R.Escobar 2016 SECTION Humboldtia

TYPE Drawing of by Carl Luer


Common Name The Tall Stelis [refers to the plant height]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Risaralda department of Colombia at elevations around 2100 meters as a medium to large sized, cool to cold growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with erect, fasciculate, slender ramicauls enveloped by a close, tubular sheath above the middle, another below the middle and another at the bsae and carrying a single, apical, erect, thinly coriaceous, ovate, subacute to acute, acuminate, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in later spring on a single, arising through a spathe from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 4" [10 cm], rachis to 8.8" [to 22 cm] long, erect, secund, successively several, many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, shorter than to as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying flowers with purple glabrous sepals and a yellow central apparatus.

"This species is one of the largest of the genus, standing over half a meter tall excluding the inflorescence. The leaves are nearly as large as the largest of Stelis allenii , but they are petiolate and thinly coriaceous and acuminate, instead of sessile, thickly coriaceous and nonacuminate. The flowers are similar to those of Stelis maxima , the species differing mostly in their vegetative parts." Luer 2017


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

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