Stelis giraffina Luer & R.Escobar 2016 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Long Necked Stelis [refers to the long column]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Colombia without locational data as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing, long repent epiphyte with a stout, ascending rhizome giving rise to erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath from below the middle and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, erect, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a single, from a node above the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 1.6 to 2" [4 to 5 cm] long, rachis 4 to 4.4" [10 to 11 cm] long, erect, strict to subflexuous, successively 10 or so, many flowered inflorescence with tubular, obtuse, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying green flowers that have the sepals diffusely spotted with minute, purple cells.

"This long-repent, ascending species is most remarkable for the terete, elongated shaft of the column that lifts the clinandrium and the pair of stigmatic lobes above the lip and petals. The sepals are obtuse; the petals are thin and three-veined; and the lip is shallow and subdiscoid, with a rounded apex and a glenion descending from a narrow bar across the width, while the dorsum is acutely deflexed." Luer & Escobar 2016


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

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