Stelis ricii Luer & R.Vásquez 2018


TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and Selbyana 32(1,2): 96 Luer & Vasquez 2018

Common Name Ric's Stelis [named for Darwin Ric of Montero, Bolivia, co-collector of this species current]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Cochabamba department of Bolivia at elevations around 2800 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing, densely caespitose-ascending epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a loose, tubular sheath and 2 to 3 others below and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on an erect, arising through a spathe from a node below apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 3.2 to 4" [8 to 10 cm] long, rachis 1.6 to 16" [4 to 15 cm] long, erect, ubcongested, subdistichous, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with tubular, acute, much longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying yellow flowers.

"This slender, densely caespitose species is characterized by a long, crowded raceme of yellow flowers. The sepals are subcircular and cellular-papillose within; the thick margin of the petals is microscopically rough; and the bar of the type A lip shallowly cleft, with a subspherical callus on the dorsum. Stelis ricii Luer & R.Vásquez is similar to S. nutationis Luer & R.Vásquez , but the flowers of the latter are nutant in a secund raceme, the ovate sepals are glabrous, and the callus on the dorsum of the lip is microscopically pubescent." Luer & Vasquez 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 32(1,2): 96 Luer & Vasquez 2018

Selbyana 32(1,2): 154 Luer & Vasquez 2018 Drawing fide;