Stelis speckmaieri Luer & Sijm 2009 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Selbyana 30:69 Luer & Escobar 2009


Common Name Speckmaier's Stelis [Named for Manfred Speckmaier of Freising, Germany, collector of this species current]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Falcon state of Venezuela at elevations around 1500 meters as a small sized, cool growing caespitose epiphyte with erect stout ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and another 2 to 3 at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse to rounded apically, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the earlier winter on an erect, arising through a slender spathe from an annulus below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 2 to 2.4" [5 to 6 cm] long, rachis 7.2 to 8.4" [18 to 21 cm] long, subcongested, mostly simultaneously, many flowered inflorescence with inconspicuous, obtuse,longer than the pedicel floral bracts.

"This species, apparently endemic in the Sierra San Luis of coastal Venezuela, is characterized by a large, elliptical, obtuse, petiolate leaf, far exceeded by an erect raceme of many flowers with convex sepals with revolute margins. The petals are rhombic with narrowly thickened margins, and narrowly unguiculate below. The lip is type-A and deeply concave within the rounded apical margin, and the bar is thin and shallowly notched with a small glenion." Luer 2009


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Selbyana 30: 23 Luer & Escobar 2009 Drawing fide;