Stelis naniflora Luer & R.Vásquez 2018 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and Selbyana 32(1,2): 75 Luer & Vasquez 2018


Common Name The small Flowered Stelis [refers to the small floral parts]

Flower Size .04" [1 mm]

Found in La Paz department of Bolivia at elevations around 1920 meters as a miniature 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 early summer on a fascile of 3 to 4, erect, arising through an evanescent spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul, .8" [2 cm] long, erect, congested, simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying flowers with yellow sepals, dark yellow petals and a dark yellow lip.

"This species is related to the variable and frequent Stelis hylophila Rchb.f., but differs with an inflorescence of a fascicule of a few racemes barely two centimeters long, single-veined sepals up to one millimeter long, single-veined petals longer than wide, and a minute lip less than half a millimeter long, and only about a tenth of a millimeter thick." Luer & Vasquez 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Selbyana 32(1,2): 75 Luer & Vasquez 2018;

Selbyana 32(1,2): 148 Luer & Vasquez 2018 Drawing fide;