Stelis hippocrepica Luer & R.Escobar 2016 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Horse-Shoe Shaped Stelis [refers to the callus of the lip]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Norte de Santander department of Colombia at elevations around 2800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 1 to 2 thin, close tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, erect, narrowly elliptical-obovate, subacute to obtuse, narrowing below into the indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a single, from a node at the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .08 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long, rachis 2 to 3.2" [5 to 8 cm] long, erect, subflexuous, distichous, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, shorter to as long as the pedicel floral bracts and carrying yellow flowers with the lip suffused with brown.

"This very small, caespitose species is characterized by narrowly elliptical, long-petiolate leaves that become surpassed by a loose, distichous, many-flowered raceme with filamentous peduncle and rachis. The sepals are ovate, subacute and either coarsely or minutely dense-pubescent within, and the petals are single-veined. The lip is concave between the thickened margin of the round apex, and a narrow, horseshoe-shaped callus extending forward from the dorsum across the bar." Luer & Escobar 2016


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Harvard Pap. Bot. 21: 73 Luer & R Escobar 2016 drawing fide