Stelis fusilifera Luer & R.Escobar 2017 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Harvard Pap. Bot. 22: 92 Luer 2017


Common Name The Little Spindle Bearing Stelis [referring to the slender, spindle-shaped inflorescence]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Tolima and Putumayo departments of Colombia at elevations around 2200 to 2600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and another 1 to 2 at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer on 1 to 2, erect, arising from a node near the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 1.2" [3 cm] long, rachis 2.8 to 6" [7 to 15 cm] long, erect, sublax, distichous, successively 6 to 8, many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, as long to longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying purple flowers.

"This graceful, little species is characterized by acute, narrow leaves and a slender, fusiform raceme of simultaneous flowers. The dorsal sepal is transversely ovate, deeply connate, very minutely pubescent and three-veined, and the petals are thin and three-veined. The lip is type A." Luer 2017


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Harvard Pap. Bot. 22: 92 Luer 2017 Drawing fide