Stelis morenoi Luer & R.Vásquez 2018 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and Selbyana 32(1,2): 74 Luer & Vasquez 2018


Common Name Moreno's Stelis [Named for Dr. Luis Moreno, surgeon in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, who first collected and cultivated this species]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Santa Cruz department of Bolivia at elevations around 1000 to 2500 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool to cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls with a tubular sheath below to near the middle and 2 to 3 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse to rounded, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on 1 to 2, erect, arising from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .4" [1 cm] long, rachis 2 to 5.2" [5 to 13 cm] long, erect, strict, distichous, congested, mostly simultaneously, many flowered inflorescence with tubular, obtuse, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying light green flowers.

"One or two many-flowered racemes more or less equal or surpass a broad leaf in length. The sepals are narrowly ovate, often with recurved sides, three-veined, shortly connate, and cellular-papillose; the petals are cuneate and single-veined, but sometimes with an additional, vestigial pair; and the type A lip is concave, rounded at the apex, and with a broad, low, dorsal callus." Luer & Vasquez 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Selbyana 32(1,2): 74 Luer & Vasquez 2018;

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