Stelis lijiae Luer & R.Escobar 2016 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer


Common Name Lijia's Stelis [Named for Lijia Posada who cultivates this unusual species at Colomborquídeas.]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Colombia without locational data as a mini-miniature to small sized, cool to cold growing, repent epiphyte with stout, flexuous rhizome with .6" [1.5 cm] between each erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by a tubular sheath from near the middle and another near the base and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, erect, elliptical, subacute, acuminate ,cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a single, arising througha spathe from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 2.8" [7 cm] long, rachis 6 to 7.2" [15 to 18 cm] long, strict, distichous, nearly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with tubular, obtuse, longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying yellow, minutely pubescent flowers.

"This large, repent species is characterized by a stout, markedly flexuous rhizome with an erect ramicaul at each angle about one and a half centimeters apart. The leaves are broadly elliptical with an abruptly acuminate tip. A manyflowered raceme exceeds the leaf; the petals are thin and three-veined; and the lip is subquadrate, type A, with a minute apiculum." Luer & Escobar 2016


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

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