Stelis steinbachii Luer 2018 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and Selbyana 32(1,2): 110 Luer & Vasquez 2018


Common Name Steinbach's Stelis [Named for Josť Steinbach, German naturalist who emigrated to Bolivia, and who collected this species]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Cochabamba department of Bolivia at elevations around 1700 meters as a small sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath near the middle and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute apically, acute below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late fall on an erect, arising through a spathe from a node near the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 2.8" [7 cm] long, rachis 5.2" [13 cm] long, erect, strict, distichous, simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with conspicuous, oblique, acute, a longer than to shorter than the the ovary floral bracts and carrying green suffused with purple flowers.

"Although no distinctive character is present, Stelis steinbachii Luer is distinguished by the combination of an elongated, many-flowered raceme that surpasses a large, elliptical leaf; protruding floral bracts; sepals about three millimeters long, broadly obtuse, three-veined and minutely pubescent; petals about three millimeters long and are three-veined; and a simple type A lip." Luer & Vasquez 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 32(1,2): 110 Luer & Vasquez 2018

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