Stelis index Luer & R.Escobar 2016 SECTION Humboldtia

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Forefinger Stelis [refers to the the appearance of dorsal sepal]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Valle de Cauca department of Colombia at elevations around 2050 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by a loose tubular sheath at the base and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, erect, purple, elliptical, acute, leaf that blooms in the later spring a single, from the tip of the ramicaul, peduncle .6" [1.5 cm] long, rachis 1.6 to 2" [4 to 5 cm] long, erect, flexuous, successively 1 to 2, several flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying flowers with dull purple sepals, yellow petals and a yellow green lip.

"This species is tiny with a proportionally large flower that is borne singly in a flexuous, successively flowering raceme. A long, narrow dorsal sepal stands above a synsepal composed of adherent lateral sepals; the petals are singleveined, and the lip is triangular with a large callus extending from the base to the acute tip." Luer & Escobar 2017


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Harvard Pap. Bot. 21: 76 Luer & R Escobar 2016 drawing fide