Stelis lancifera Luer & R.Escobar 2016 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 .24" [6 mm]

Found in Nariño department of Colombia at elevations around 3000 meters as a small to just medium sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a close tubular sheath above the middle and 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 early winter on a single, arising through a spathe from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .4" [1 cm] long, rachis 4 to 4.8" [10 to 12 cm] long, erect, strict, distichous, successively several, many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying yellow, glabrous flowers with the sepals suffused with purple.

"This small to just medium sized, tall, caespitose species is distinguished by slender ramicauls much longer than an elliptical, abruptly petiolate leaf; and racemes about as long as the leaf. The dorsal sepal is transversely ovate and seven veined; the lateral sepals each 4-veined; the petals are thick, three veined; and the lip is a short type A." Luer & Escobar 2016


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Harvard Pap. Bot. 21: 77 Luer & R Escobar 2016 drawing fide