Stelis pendens Luer & R.Vásquez 1981 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and Selbyana 32(1,2): 85 Luer & Vasquez 2018

Common Name The Pendent Stelis [refers to the plants habit]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Cochabamba department of Bolivia at elevations around 2500 meters as a mini-miniature to just miniature sized, cold growing, shortly repent-caespitose epiphyte with erect, descending, slender ramicauls with a tubular sheath from nearthe middle and 2 red pubescent sheaths at the base and carrying a single, apical, pendent, coriaceous, elliptcal, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the subsessile base leaf that blooms in the fall on a pendent, arising through a spathe from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long, rachis 2.8 to 4" [7 to 10 cm] long, pendent, flaccid, subcongested, distichous, simultaneously many, many flowered inflorescence with oblique, infundibular, acute, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts and carrying non-resupinate flowers in the pendent position, with red purple sepals, rosy-white petals and a greenish white lip.

" This pendent species is distinguished by red-pubescent sheaths at the base of the ramicauls; a pendent raceme of small, purple flowers with three-veined, ciliate sepals; thin rounded three-veined petals; and a shallowly concave lip with a rounded tip and a shallow bar." Luer & Vasquez 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Phytologia 49: 234 Luer & Vasquez 1981;

Selbyana 32(1,2): 85 Luer & Vasquez 2018;

Selbyana 32(1,2): 151 Luer & Vasquez 2018 Drawing fide; Orchidaceae Stelis Sw. A Compendium Oscar Duque 2008 drawing fide