Stelis pholeoglossa Luer & R.Vásquez 2018 SECTION Stelis

Drawing by © Carl Luer and Selbyana 32(1,2): 87 Luer & Vasquez 2018


Common Name The Dusky Black Stelis [referring to the flowers in the dry state]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in La Paz department of Bolivia at elevations around 2830 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, fasciculate, slender ramicauls enveloped by close tubular sheaths below the middle and at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on an erect, through a spathe from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .4 to .8" [1 to 2 cm] long, rachis 3.2 to 3.6" [8 to 9 cm] long, erect, congested, secund, simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying yellow flowers .

"With slender, densely fascicled ramicauls and densely small-flowered inflorescences longer than the leaves, this species resembles Stelis hylophila Rchb.f . From the latter, it differs with narrower leaves and larger flowers with long-pubescent, acute, three-veined sepals that are nearly free, with the lateral sepals held forward. The single-veined petals are proportionately smaller. Most distinctive is the inflated lip with a thin bar forming a short dorsum much less than half the length of the lip." Luer & Vasquez 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 32(1,2): 87 Luer & Vasquez 2018

Selbyana 32(1,2): 151 Luer & Vasquez 2018 Drawing fide