Stelis hypsitera Luer & R.Escobar 2016 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Higher Stelis [refers to the tall inflorescence

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia at elevations around 2300 to 2500 meters as a medium sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a close tubular sheath above the middle and another 2 below and at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, multiveined, elliptical-ovate, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on 3 to 4, simultaneous, arising through a spathe from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long, rachis 6 to 8.8" [15 to 22 cm] long, erect, strict, distichous, mostly simultaneously, many flowered inflorescence with tubular, obtuse, as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying light yellow flowers.

"The flowers of this large, tall, caespitose species are similar to those of Stelis grandiflora Lindl., but distinguished by proportionately much longer ramicauls, about thrice longer than broad, multiveined leaves; three to four simultaneous racemes much longer than the leaf; ovate, multiveined, pubescent sepals; thick, three-veined petals; and a type "A" lip with a solitary, round callus on the dorsum.." Luer 2016


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Harvard Pap. Bot. 21: 201 Luer & Escobar 2016 drawing fide