Stelis fecunda Luer & R.Escobar 2017 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Harvard Pap. Bot. 22: 91 Luer 2017


Common Name The Fruitful Stelis [referring to the frequent production of capsules]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia at elevations around 1820 meters as a small sized, cool growing densely caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath near the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute, gradually narrowing below into the indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a single, erect, arising from a node at the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .4 to .8" [1 to 2 cm] long, erect, with frequent remnants of old racemes, 1.6 to 2.4" [4 to 6 cm] long, distichous, mostly successively many flowered inflorescence with infundibular, acute, just shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying purple flowers.

"This small, caespitose species is another in the great number of variations attributed to Stelis pusilla Kunth. It is distinguished by erect, successively many-flowered racemes of small flowers, that often produce capsules. The flowers are larger with sepals two to two and a half millimeters long instead of less than two millimeters, and minutely pubescent toward the base. Single-veined petals are similar, but the apex of the lip is broadly rounded without an apiculum.." Luer 2017


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Harvard Pap. Bot. 22: 91 Luer 2017 Drawing fide