Stelis torrenticola Luer & R.Vásquez 2018


TYPE drawing and Drawing by © Carl Luer and Selbyana 32(1,2): 118 Luer & Vasquez 2018


Common Name The Torrent-Living Stelis [Named for dwelling along the mountain torrents below the community of Charazan]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in La Paz department of Bolivia at elevations around 2550 meters as a small to just medium sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath near the middle and 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, sessile base leaf that blooms in the later spring on an erect, arising through a spathe from a node at the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 2 to 3.2" [5 to 8 cm] long, rachis 4" [10 cm] long, erect, strict, congested, secund, mostly many, many flowered inflorescence with purple flowers.

"This slender, densely caespitose species with narrow, sessile leaves, and long, secund, many-flowered racemes is distinguished by pubescent sepals with the dorsal reflexed. The proportionately large petals that enclose the column and lip are three-veined, with or without a pair of lateral veins. The lip, a modified type A, is minutely and densely pubescent on the dorsum." Luer & Vasquez 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 32(1,2): 118 Luer & Vasquez 2018

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