Stelis microtatantha Schltr. 1929 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Selbyana 32(1,2): 72 Luer & Vasquez 2018


Common Name The Very Small Flowered Stelis [referring to the inflorescence]

Flower Size

Found La Paz department of Bolivia at elevations around 1400 meters as a just small sized, densely caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, linear-elliptic, acute, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a single, erect, 2.4 to 5.2" [6 to 13 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence with ovate-cucullate floral bracts and carrying yellowish flowers.

"The plant is distinctive with narrowly linear-elliptic leaves, and the multiflowered raceme is about as long. Schlechter describes a minute flower with three-veined sepals and petals. The lip is broadly flabellate, as long as the sepals, and with a low, semilunate callus above the middle with the margins forward and parallel, probably similar to the variable bar and callus of Stelis campanulifera Lindl,. Garay (1980) reduced S. microtatantha to synonymy of S. intermedia Poepp. & Endl., but the sepals of S. intermedia are pubescent, and the petals are single-veined, as found on Poeppig 1579, an isotype at LE. The illustration provided herewith was made from Schlechter's published information." Luer & Vasquez 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Selbyana 32(1,2): 72 Luer & Vasquez 2018;

Selbyana 32(1,2): 147 Luer & Vasquez 2018 Drawing fide;