Stelis frondifera Luer & R.Escobar 2018 SECTION Stelis?

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Branch Bearing Stelis [refers to the numerous ramicauls]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia at elevations of 2500 to 2700 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing, repent epiphyte with an ascending erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath above the middle and another 1 to 2 below and at the base and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, erect, narrowly elliptical, acute, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a single, arising through a spathe from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .8" [2 cm] long, rachis 6 to 8" [15 to 20 cm] long, erect, congested, distichous, mostly simultaneously, many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, as long as to longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying light yellow, galbrous flowers.

"This medium-sized to large, creeping species is characterized by a slender rhizome with slender, ascending ramicauls, either closely spaced, or .08" [2 cm] apart, apparently depending upon local conditions. The leaves are narrowly elliptical, and far surpassed by a single, much longer, small-flowered raceme. The sepals are subacute and 3-veined, the lateral sepals antrorse; the petals are membranous and single-veined; and the minutely apiculate lip is filled with a large, rounded callus." Luer & Escobar 2017

Synonyms Stelis frondifera Luer & R.Escobar 2017 nom invalid

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Harvard Pap. Bot. 22: 44 Luer & R Escobar 2017 nom invalid drawing fide

*Harvard Pap. Bot. 23(1): 45 Luer & Escobar 2018