Stelis saltatrix Luer & R.Vásquez 2018 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and Selbyana 32(1,2): 104 Luer & Vasquez 2018

Common Name The Dancer Stelis [refers to the leaf and ramicaul]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in La Paz department of Bolivia at elevations around 2400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath from below the middle and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on an erect, arising through a spathe from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long, rachis 2 to 2.8" [5 to 7 cm] long, erect, strict, congested, distichous, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with dark purple, oblique, acute, half long as the pedicel floral bracts and carrying light purple flowers.

"This little species, Stelis saltatrix Luer & R.Vásquez, is one of the triad of species along with S. ballatrix Luer & R.Vásquez that are superficially very similar to S. antennata Garay, with evenly spaced, long-pedicellate flowers. Most distinctive are the obtuse sepals; single-veined, triangular petals that are long-acuminate at the tip; a thin, shallowly concave, suborbicular lip; and a proportionately large, erect column with a gaping clinandrium." Luer & Vasquez 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 32(1,2): 104 Luer & Vasquez 2018

Selbyana 32(1,2): 157 Luer & Vasquez 2018 Drawing fide;