Stelis adelphae Luer & R.Vásquez 2018 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Selbyana 32(1,2): 12 Luer & Vasquez 2018


Common Name The Sister Stelis [refers to its similarity to Stelis argentata ]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in La Paz department of Bolivia at elevations of 1500 to 1600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, repent epiphyte with erect slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and 1 to 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on an erect, peduncle .4 to .8" [1 to 2 cm] long, arising from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, arising through a spathe, rachis 2 to 3.2" [5 to 8 cm] long, subflexuous, distichous, several simultaneosuly, many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, shorter to as long as the pedicel floral bracts.

"The flowers are similar to Stelis argentata but the habit with the slender, long-repent rhizome easily sepaates it. Also similar to Stelis trichorrhachis but it is a much larger plant." Luer & Vasquez 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 32(1,2): 12 Luer & Vasquez 2018;

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