Stelis tamboensis Luer & R.Vásquez 2018 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and Selbyana 32(1,2): 114 Luer & Vasquez 2018


Common Name The Tambo Stelis [Named for Pampa Tambo, where this species was collected]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in Cochabamba department of Bolivia at elevations around 2500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose 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, elliptical, obtuse to subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on an erect, arising through a slender spathe from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 1.2" [3 cm] long, rachis .4 to 2.4" [1 to 6 cm] long, erect, loose, distichous, mostly simultaneously few to many, many flowered inflorescence with infundibular, oblique, subacute, as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying flowers with green, suffused with purple sepals.

"Vegetatively, this small species is not remarkable. The elliptical leaf is surpassed by a raceme of medium-sized flowers with obtuse, glabrous sepals. The petals are three-veined with a transverse callus. The lip is concave between a pair of calli that descend from the margins of the broad cleft of the bar." Luer & Vasquez 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 32(1,2): 114 Luer & Vasquez 2018

Selbyana 32(1,2): 160 Luer & Vasquez 2018 Drawing fide;