Stelis signifera Luer & R.Vásquez 2018 SECTION Labiatae

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and Selbyana 32(1,2): 108 Luer & Vasquez 2018

Common Name The Signal Bearing Stelis [referring to the distantly spaced, paddle-shaped leaves that resemble a row of road signs]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in La Paz department of Bolivia at elevations around 2450 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, repent epiphyte with erect, relatively stout 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, acute, abruptly contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on an erect, arising [spathe not mentioned] from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long, rachis 1.6 to 2" [4 to 5 cm] long, erect, strict, subcongested, distichous,mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying flowers with glabrous, orange sepals.

"This repent, little species with paddle-shaped leaves that resemble road signs with ample space between, is similar to Stelis bacriosa Luer & R.Vásquez. The lateral sepals are antrorse; the petals are single-veined; and the lip is similar to that of S. campanulifera Lindl. with a concave, rounded apex below a deeply and widely cleft bar." Luer & Vasquez 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 32(1,2): 108 Luer & Vasquez 2018

Selbyana 32(1,2): 159 Luer & Vasquez 2018 Drawing fide;