Stelis aurantiaca Luer & R.Vásquez 2018

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer

Common Name The Orange Stelis

Flower Size .4” [1 cm]

Found in Cochabamba department of Bolivia at elevations around 2630 meters as a miniature to small sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the ill-defined petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on 1 to 2, erect, arising through a slender spathe from near the apex of the ramicaul, strict, congested, distichous, peduncle .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long, 6 to 8" [15 to 20 cm] long overall mostly simultaneous many flowered inflorescence with thin, oblique, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

"Distinguished by orange flowers, the sepals variously suffused with brown or purple. The realtively large sepals are obtuse and 5 veined and the petals are thick and reniform witha shallow perpendicular groove caused by pressure from stigmatic lobes, The lip is concave below a thin, cleft bar." Luer & Vasquez 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 32(1,2): 18 Luer & Vasquez 2018;

Selbyana 32(1,2): 130 Luer & Vasquez 2018 Drawing fide