Stelis trullifera Luer & R.Vásquez 2018 SECTION Humboldtia

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and Selbyana 32(1,2): 120 Luer & Vasquez 2018

Common Name The Spoon Bearing Stelis [referring to the shapes of the petals and lip]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in La Paz and Cochabamba departments of Bolivia at elevations around 2630 to 2850 meters as a small sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect slender, ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath from below the middle and 1 to 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on 3 to 8, erect, arising through a slender spathe from a node at the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .4 to .6" [1 to 15 cm] long, rachis 3.2 to 3.8" [8 to 9.5 cm] long, erect, strict, subcongested, simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with oblique, close, acute, as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying yellow flowers.

"This species is characterized by numerous, small, yellow flowers produced simultaneously in a few, long racemes. The sepals are acute and free with the lateral sepals antrorse. The petals are oblong and concave at a thickened apex. The spoon-shaped lip is rounded and concave above the middle, and low-callous and smooth toward the base." Luer & Vasquez 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 32(1,2): 120 Luer & Vasquez 2018

Selbyana 32(1,2): 163 Luer & Vasquez 2018 Drawing fide;