Stelis oligobotrya Luer & R.Vásquez 2018 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and Selbyana 32(1,2): 78 Luer & Vasquez 2018


Common Name The Few Inflorescence Stelis

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in La Paz department of Bolivia at elevations around 1850 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls with a tubular sheath from below the middle and 1 to 2 others below and at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, narrowly linear, acute, narrowing below into the ill-defined petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on 2 to 3, simultaneous, erect, arising through a spathe from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, flowering from the base, .8 to 1.4" [2 to 3.5 cm] long, erect, strict, congested, many-flowered racemes with most flowers open simultaneously, many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying rose colored flowers.

"This small to medium-sized, caespitose, narrow-leaved species is similar to Stelis polybotrya Lindl., but it differs with thick, narrowly linear leaves, distinctly three-veined sepals and petals, and a lip with a small, triangular apiculum. True S. polybotrya has not been found south of Ecuador." Luer & Vasquez 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 32(1,2): 78 Luer & Vasquez 2018;

Selbyana 32(1,2): 149 Luer & Vasquez 2018 Drawing fide;