Stelis fissurosa Luer & R.Escobar 2017 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing of by Carl Luer


Common Name The Well Developed Cleft Stelis [refers to the cleft dorsum of the lip]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Risaralda department of Colombia at elevations around 2400 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, relatively stout ramicauls enveloped by a loose, tubular sheath below the middle, another 1 to 2 at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, narrowly linear, acute, cnarrowed below into the indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in later spring on 1 to 2, arising through a slender spathe from a node at the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .4" [1 cm], rachis to 2.8 to 4" [7 to 10 cm] long, erect, subflexuous, congested, distichous, mostly simultaneously, many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying flowers with unknown colors.

"This medium-sized species with thick, narrowly linear leaves produces a crowded, subflexuous, many-flowered, crowded raceme about as long. The sepals are ovate, glabrous and acute. with the dorsal sepal slightly smaller than the lateral sepals. The petals are thick and 3-veined. The lip is deeply concave below a deeply cleft bar. The apex is acuminate, thin and obtuse." Luer 2017


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Harvard Pap. Bot. 22: 42 Luer 2017 drawing fide