Stelis fluxflorum Luer & R.Escobar 2017 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Flood of Flowers Stelis [refers to the many flowered racemes]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia at elevations around 2400 meters as a small to medium sized, cold growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender fasiculate ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath on the middle third and another 1 to 2 at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on 5 to 14, arising through a spathe from a node above the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .4" [1 cm], rachis to 3.2 to 5" [8 to 15 cm] long, erect, strict, crowded, simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with tubular, obtuse, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying flowers with yellow, galbrous sepals suffused with purple and a yellow green central apparatus.

"This tall species is most remarkable for the large number of many-flowered inflorescences that are produced simultaneously, but the racemes, up to 14 in number barely surpass the acute leaf. The medium-sized flowers with 5-veined dorsal sepals are not exceptional; the petals are 3-veined with a sharp transverse carina and slightly acuminate basal angles; and the lip is a common variation of type A, but with the dorsum sloping downward." Luer 2017


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

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