Stelis nutationis Luer & R.Vásquez 2018 SECTION Stelis

Drawing by © Carl Luer and Selbyana 32(1,2): 77 Luer & Vasquez 2018


Common Name The Nodding Head Stelis [referring to the nutant flowers]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in La Paz department of Bolivia at elevations around 2270 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose-ascending epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls with a tubular sheath from below the middle and 2 to 3 others below and at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on an erect, arising through a spathe from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 2.8" [7 cm] long, rachis 1.2 to 3.6" [3 to 9 cm] long, erect, strict, subcongested, secund, many flowered inflorescence with tubular, acute, about much longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying nutant, unknown colored flowers.

"This slender, densely caespitose species is characterized by along, secund raceme of nutant flowers. The sepals are glabrous, ovate and subacute; the thick margin of the petals is minutely verrucose; and the bar of the type A lip shallowly cleft, with a low, microscopic callus on the dorsum. Stelis nutationis Luer & R.Vásquez is similar to S. ricii Luer & R.Vásquez, but the flowers of the latter are borne in a crowded, subdistichous raceme; the sepals are subcircular and cellular-papillose; and the callus on the dorsum of the lip is suborbicular and smooth." Luer & Vasquez 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 32(1,2): 77 Luer & Vasquez 2018;

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