Stelis rosulenta Luer & R.Vásquez 1981 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and Selbyana 32(1,2): 98 Luer & Vasquez 2018


Common Name The Full of Roses Stelis [an allusion to the multitude of tiny flowers that resemble rose buds]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in La Paz department of Bolivia at elevations around 2500 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to rounded, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on an erect, arising through a slender spathe from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 2 to 2.4" [5 to 6 cm] long, rachis 2.8 to 4.4" [7 to 11 cm] long, erect, congested, distichous, with the flowers overlapping, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with oblique, infundibular, acute, witha s long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying flowers with pale rose, marked with rose, microscopically ciliate and cellular sepals , transluscent rose petals and a purple lip.

"This caespitose, mini-miniature to small sized species is distinguished by a long, densely flowered raceme of many overlapping, rose colored flowers. The sepals are broadly ovate, obtuse and convex above a deep recess for the proportionately large central apparatus; the petals are single-veined; and the lip is rounded and concave below a notched bar. The original description was made from flowers past their prime." Luer & Vasquez 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Phytologia 49: 236 Luer & Vasquez 1981;

Orquidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide

Selbyana 32(1,2): 98 Luer & Vasquez 2018

Selbyana 32(1,2): 155 Luer & Vasquez 2018 Drawing fide;