Stelis lappacea Luer & Teague 2016 SECTION Humboldtia

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Burr-like Stelis [refers to the callus of the lip]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia at elevations around 2400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a loose tubular sheath and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, erect, elliptical, acute to subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a single, from a node at the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .8" [2 cm] long, rachis 2 to 2.4" [5 to 6 cm] long, erect, subcongested, secund, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with tubular, obtuse, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying yellow, glabrous flowers.

"This mini-miniature sized, caespitose species is distinguished by elliptical leaves and a twice longer, secund raceme with light yellow flowers. The lateral sepals are antrorse, ovate, slightly concave and three-veined, and the membranous petals are single-veined. The basal third of the subquadrate lip is covered by a burrlike callus" Luer & Teague 2016


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

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