Stelis tomentosa Luer & R.Vásquez 2018 SECTION Stelis

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


Common Name The Hairy Stelis

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Cochabamba department of Bolivia at elevations around 1500 meters as a small to medium sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by a thin,tubular sheath below the middle and 1 to 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on an erect, arising from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 1" [2.5 cm] long, rachis .8" [2 cm] long, erect, subflexuous, successively few, several flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying flowers with glabrous externally, long-pubescent within toward the margins, purple sepals with pale margins.

"This small, caespitose species is distinguished by a successively flowered raceme that barely surpasses the acute, elliptical leaves. The sepals are obtuse and densely long-pubescent toward the margins; the proportionately large petals are three-veined with a transverse callus; the type A lip with a round dorsal callus is round at the apex and concave below a thick bar." 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;