Stelis saavedrensis Luer & R.Vásquez, 2018 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and Selbyana 32(1,2): 102 Luer & Vasquez 2018


Common Name The Saavadra Stelis [Named for the province of Bautista Saavadra in the department of La Paz where the species was collected]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in La Paz department of Bolivia at elevations around 2550 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, long-repent epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and 1 to 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, broadly elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on an erect, arising through a spathe from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 2.8 to 3.2" [7 to 8 cm] long, rachis 1.2 to 2.8" [3 to 7cm] long, erect, strict, subcongested, distichous, , mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with oblique, dilated, acute, with as longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying internally glabrous flowers with dark purple externally, blue internally sepals, light yellow petals and a light yellow lip.

"This small, long-repent species bears elliptical, petiolate leaves that are far surpassed by a long-pedunculate inflorescence. Most remarkable are the sepals that are dark purple externally, and intensely blue within. The petals are single-veined, and the lip is thickly cordate with a shortly acuminate tip." Luer & Vasquez 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 32(1,2): 102 Luer & Vasquez 2018

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