Stelis tomcroatii Luer 2018 SECTION Humboldtia

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Selbyana 32(1,2): 117 Luer & Vasquez 2018


Common Name Tom Croat's Stelis [Named for Dr. Tom Croat of the Missouri Botanical Garden, collector of this species]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Cochabamba department of Bolivia at elevations around 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, repent epiphyte with erect, slender 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, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on an erect, arising from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long, rachis .8" [2 cm] long, erect, strict, distichous, subcongested, simultaneously few, several flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts carrying glabrous flowers or an unkown color.

"This small, repent species is characterized by a slender rhizome and slender ramicauls that bear an elliptical, petiolate leaf that is surpassed by a short inflorescence. The synsepal, formed by broad, connivent lateral sepals is deeply concave; the petals are thickly margined and three-veined; and the bar is a sharp edge between the descending, anterior surface and the acutely descending dorsum, now the posterior surface and more or less parallel with the anterior surface." Luer & Vasquez 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 32(1,2): 117 Luer & Vasquez 2018

Selbyana 32(1,2): 161 Luer & Vasquez 2018 Drawing fide;