Stelis fasciculata Luer 1981 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Oscar Duque

Common Name The Fasciculate Stelis

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in southwestern Colombia and Napo province of Ecuador at elevations around 2770 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing, densely caespitose epiphyte or terrestrial with densely fasciculate, slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by a close tubular sheath from near the middle and 2 others below and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute and tridenticulate apically, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on 3 to 6, arising through a spathe near the apex of the ramicaul, erect, 2.4 to 4" [6 to 10 cm] long, simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with oblique, as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying light green flowers.

Similar to S mononeura but differs in the fasiculate habit, the three nerved sepals and the oblong petals that are longer than wide with a snooth, rounded, concave apex. The lips of the 2 species are basically similar." Luer 1981


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Phytologia 49: 229 Luer 1981;

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide;