Stelis glochochila Luer & R.Escobar 2016 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Arrow Head Lip Stelis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Antioquia 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 close, tubular sheath below the middle and another 1 to 2 below and at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on an erect, arising throug ha spathe from a node at the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long, rachis to 7.2" [ to 18 cm] long, erect, congested, distichous, mostly simultaneously, many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, longer to as long as the pedicel floral bracts and carrying purple flowers.

"This large species is characterized by a crowded, distichous raceme of large purple flowers, transverse sepals with the dorsal sepal 5-veined, and thick, proportionately large, semilunate petals. The lip is concave below a shallowly notched bar with the apex triangular and acute. Stelis glochochila is related to Stelis barbuda O.Duque, but differs with leaves half the width; short, close, cauline sheaths instead of long and loose; and totally glabrous sepals and lip in all three cited collections, instead of sepals with villous edges and papillose-villous within, and lip without a tuft of short hairs." Luer 2016


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Harvard Pap. Bot. 21: 198 Luer & Escobar 2016 drawing fide