Stelis scandens Rolfe 1907

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Selbyana 32(1,2): 105 Luer & Vasquez 2018


Common Name The Scandent Stelis [refers to the growth habit]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm d

Found in La Paz and Cochabamba departments of Bolivia at elevations around 2100 to 2650 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cold growing, scandent-repent epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and another at the base, and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the slender petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring and summer on 1 to 2, erect, arising through a spathe from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .4 to 1.2" [1 to 3 cm] long, rachis 1.6 to 3.2" [4 to 8 cm] long, erect, congested, distichous, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, shorter to as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying flowers with light yewllow to red purple sepals, green or red petals and a green or red lip.

"This repent species is similar to Stelis lancea Lindl. of Ecuador, but it differs with twice larger floral bracts in a raceme that is shorter than the leaf. The flowers are very similar." Luer & Vasquez 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Bull. New York Bot. Gard. 4: 451 Rolfe 1907

Orquideas de Bolivia Vol 1 Vasquez & Ibisch 2000; Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz, A Compendium Duque 2008 adrawing ok;

Selbyana 32(1,2): 105 Luer & Vasquez 2018

Selbyana 32(1,2): 158 Luer & Vasquez 2018 Drawing fide;