Stelis pachypetala Luer & R.Vásquez 2018 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and Selbyana 32(1,2): 80 Luer & Vasquez 2018


Common Name The Thick Petal Stelis [referring to the semiorbicular apex of the petals]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in La Paz department of Bolivia at elevations around 1820 meters as a miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls with a loose tubular sheath from below the middle and 1 to 2 others below and at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptcal, subacute to rounded, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall and early winter on 1 to 2, erect, arising through a spathe from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 2.4" [6 cm] long, rachis 7.2" [18 cm] long, erect, congested, distichous to secund, simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with obliqe, acute, as longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying yellow flowers.

" This species is easily distinguished by stout ramicauls shorter than the leaves. The raceme is tall and many-flowered, the flowers being very small with five-veined sepals. The semiorbicular petals are unusual with a solid, interior surface beyond the three veins at the base. The lip is type A, concave below a cleft bar, and with a round callus on the dorsum." Luer & Vasquez 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 32(1,2): 80 Luer & Vasquez 2018;

Selbyana 32(1,2): 149 Luer & Vasquez 2018 Drawing fide;