Stelis galapagosensis Luer & R.Escobar 2016 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Alto de Los Galapagos Stelis [refers to the plants location]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Valle de Cauca department of Colombia at elevations around 2050 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool to cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a short, tubular sheath from near the middle and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, erect, ovate, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on 2, arising through a slender spathe from a node near the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .4" [1 cm] long, rachis 3.2 to 4.4" [8 to 11 cm] long, erect, congested, opposing facing rows, mostly simultaneously, many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, as long as the the ovary floral bracts and carrying purple flowers with the sepals shiny purple within and greenish purple externally.

"This caespitose species is characterized by long, slender ramicauls with shorter, acute, ovate leaves and a pair of racemes equaling or surpassing the leaves. The flowers with broadly ovate sepals are produced in two opposite-facing ranks. The petals are semilunate with wide. flat margins. The lip is remarkable with a narrow, transverse bar between the anterior surface and the acutely deflexed dorsum with a suborcicular callus." Luer & Escobar 2016


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Harvard Pap. Bot. 21: 72 Luer & R Escobar 2016 drawing fide