Stelis varicella Luer & R.Vásquez 2018 SECTION Humboldtia

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and Selbyana 32(1,2): 124 Luer & Vasquez 2018

Common Name The Small-Pox Stelis [referring to the multiple pustules on the flowers]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in La Paz department of Bolivia at elevations around 2300 meters as a small sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect stout ramicauls enveloped by a loose tubular sheath below the middle and 1 to 2 others at the base, and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse, cuneate below into the sessile base leaf that blooms in the early winter on 1 to 2, erect to arching, arising through from a node at the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .4 to 2" [1 to 5 cm] long, rachis 4.4 to 8" [11 to 20 cm] long, erect, strict, distichous, many flowered inflorescence with tubular , acute, shorter to as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying yellow flowers .

" This large, caespitose species is characterized by stout ramicauls with elliptical leaves, and one or two long racemes of small, yellow flowers. The margins of the dorsal sepal and lateral sepals are recurved, and the inner surfaces are cellular pusticulate. The lateral sepals are adherent into a synsepal; the petals are thin and three-veined; and the lip is type A with an acute, triangular apex, and with a deep cleft of the bar." Luer & Vasquez 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 32(1,2): 124 Luer & Vasquez 2018

Selbyana 32(1,2): 164 Luer & Vasquez 2018 Drawing fide;