Stelis lalinensis Luer & R.Escobar 2017 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer

Common Name The La Linea Stelis [Named for La Linea, the power line between Ibagué and Armenia]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Tolima department of Colombia at elevations around 3500 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and 1 to 2 others below and at the base and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, erect, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on 1 to 2, from a node at the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .4" [1 cm] long, rachis 2.4 to 3.2" [6 to 8cm] long, erect, strict, distichous, subdensely successively few, several flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, as long as to longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying yellow suffesed with brown, glabrous flowers .

"This high altitude, medium-sized, caespitose species, with slender ramicauls longer than an elliptical leaf, has no distinctive character. One or two rather large-flowered racemes approach or pass the tip of the leaf. The broad, obtuse sepals and thick, 3-veined petals are similar to those of Stelis grandiflora , but there, all similarities cease. The apex of a type A lip rounded, and the dorsum is thick with a low, trilobed callus." Luer & Escobar 2017


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Harvard Pap. Bot. 22: 50 Luer & R Escobar 2017 drawing fide