Stelis inamoena Luer & R.Escobar 2017 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Not Pretty Stelis [refers to the the untidy habit and tiny, simple flowers]

Flower Size .08" [ mm]

Found in Norte de Santander department of Colombia at elevations around 3150 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with an ascending, relatively stout rhizome giving rise to erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and another above the base and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, erect, narrowly elliptical, acute to subacute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on 3 to 8, arising through a spathe from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .4" [1 cm] long, rachis 3.2 to 4" [8 to 10 cm] long, erect, strict, lax, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, shorter to as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying yellow white flowers.

"This medium-sized species produces untidy clusters of overlapping, caespitose components along stout, ascending rhizomes. Slender racemes of tiny flowers that hug the rachis are irregularly produced, and do not usually exceed the narrow leaves. The sepals are minute and 3-veined; the petals are thin and single-veined. The simple type A lip is less than half a millimeter long." Luer & Escobar 2017


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Harvard Pap. Bot. 22: 48 Luer & R Escobar 2017 drawing fide