Stelis zongoensis Luer & R.Vásquez 2018

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and Selbyana 32(1,2): 125 Luer & Vasquez 2018


Common Name The Zongo Stelis [Named for the Zongo Valley where this species was collected]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in La Paz department of Bolivia at elevations around 1800 meters as a small sized, cool growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with erect slender, fasciculate ramicauls enveloped by a loose tubular sheath from 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 winter on 1 to 2, erect, arising through a lightly inflated, ribbed spathe from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 1.2" [3 cm] long, rachis 1.6 to 2" [4 to 5 cm] long, erect, strict, loose, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying greenish white flowers .

" This species is another of many related to Stelis farinosa Luer & R.Vásquez and Stelis enervis Luer 2018that are distinguished by ovate, antrorse lateral sepals with a single vein that is often accompanied by an additional pair of faint or merely basal veins. As with the others, the flowers are minute and borne in loose racemes about as long as the leaf. The petals are subquadrate with a short, triangular apiculum, and the lip is trilobed with broad, erect, obtuse lateral lobes and an acute, triangular midlobe." Luer & Vasquez 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 32(1,2): 125 Luer & Vasquez 2018

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