Stelis hypsela Luer 2017 SECTION Humboldtia

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and Harvard Pap. Bot. 22: 94 Luer 2017


Common Name The High Stelis [referring to the long inflorescence]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Chocó department of Colombia at elevations around 2500 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing, densely 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, ovate, acute, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the leter summer on a single, erect, arising through a spathe from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 2 to 3.2" [5 to 8 cm] long, rachis 6 to 10" [15 to 25 cm] long, congested, strict, secund, many-flowered with mostly simultaneously, many flowered inflorescence with short, obtuse, just shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying flowers with pale green sepals suffused basally with purple.

"This species of section Humboldtia is remarkable for the tall, secund raceme that far surpasses an ovate, acute, longpetiolate leaf. The flowers are small with connivent lateral sepals, and the petals are concave and three-veined. The minute lip rehydrates poorly, but it is apparently type A with modifications including an acute, triangular apex." Luer 2017


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Harvard Pap. Bot. 22: 94 Luer 2017 Drawing fide