Stelis strigosa Luer & R.Vásquez 2018

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


Common Name The Slender Stelis [referring to the plant habit]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in La Paz department of Bolivia at elevations around 2600 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by an evanescent, tubular sheath near the middle and 1 to 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute apically, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on an erect, arising through a spathe from a node near the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .8" [2 cm] long, rachis 2 to 3.6" [5 to 9 cm] long, erect, loose, distichous, simultaneously several to many, many flowered inflorescence with close, acute, a longer than to shorter than the the ovary floral bracts and carrying green suffused with purple flowers.

"It is distinguished by a medium-sized habit with narrow leaves; longer, slender ramicauls; and an erect, loose raceme that eventually surpasses the leaf. The sepals are obtuse with the lateral sepals antrorse. The petals are oblong, nearly thrice longer than wide. The lip is rounded and shallowly concave with the bar widely cleft at the base, giving the appearance of a horse shoe." 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;