Stelis aciculifolia Luer & R.Vásquez 2018 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Selbyana 32(1,2): 11 Luer & Vasquez 2018


Common Name The Needle-Like Leaf Stelis

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in La Paz department of Bolivia at elevations of 1800 to 1875 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect slender ramicauls enveloped by a close tubular sheath below the middle and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly semiterete, acute, longitudinally channeled, gradually narrowing below into the base leaf that blooms in the early summer on an erect, arising through a spathe at the apex of the ramicaul, subflexuous, distichous, flowering from the base, mostly simultaneous, many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, as long to a bit longer than the pedicel floral bracts.

This little species is distinguished by semiterete leaves onlyabout three millimeters wide. A minutely flowered raceme is shorter than the leaf and borne from within a proportionately large spathe. The glabrous, elliptical sepals sepals are three-veined as are the petals, and the lip with an acuminate tip. The stigmatic lobes are expanded before the petals." Luer & Vasquez 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 32(1,2): 11 Luer & Vasquez 2018;

Selbyana 32(1,2): 128 Luer & Vasquez 2018 Drawing fide