Stelis setacea Lindl 1859 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Selbyana 32(1,2): 107 Luer & Vasquez 2018

Common Name The Bristly Stelis [referring to the long, narrow leaves]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Cochabamba department of Bolivia at elevations around 3050 meters as a miniature small sized, cold growing, long-repent epiphyte with erect to suberect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a close, evanescent, tubular sheath below the middle and another at the base, and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-ovate, acute, narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on 1 to 2, erect, arising through a spathe from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .2" to .4 [.5 to 1 cm] long, rachis 1 to 2" [2.5 to 5 cm] long, erect, strict, congested, distichous, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying purple flowers.

"A single ramicaul, or sometimes a pair of ramicauls, is borne at intervals along a long, slender, branching rhizome. The slender ramicauls bear a narrow, elongated leaf, and a raceme or two that are distinctly shorter than the leaf. The sepals are broadly ovate, obtuse and glabrous. The habit of Stelis flexa Schltr. is similar, but the inflorescence is much longer and crowded with flowers with sepals that are shortly pubescent." Luer & Vasquez 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Fol. Orchid. 8: 3 Lindley 1859;

Orchidaceae Stelis Sw A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide;

Selbyana 32(1,2): 107 Luer & Vasquez 2018

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