Stelis bacriosa Luer & R.Vásquez 2018 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer

Common Name The Ladle-Like Stelis [refers to the leaf and ramicaul]

Flower Size .24” [6 mm]

Found in Santa Cruz department of Bolivia at elevations around 2550 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, repent epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and 1 to 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, broadly elliptical, obtuse to rounded, abruptly contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on an erect, arising through a spathe from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, strict, subcongested, distichous, peduncle 2 to 2.4" [5 to 6 cm] long, 4 to 5.6" [10 to 14 cm] long overall, mostly simultaneous many flowered inflorescence with dilated, oblique, acute, as long as the ovary floral bracts.

"This little repent species bears more or less overlapping, paddle-shaped leaves, and are far surpassed by a long-pedunculate inflorescence with many little flowers with sepals that are pale yellowish above the middle and purple below th emiddle. The petals are single veined and the lip is thickly cordate with a short, acuminate tip." Luer & Vasquez 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 32(1,2): 19 Luer & Vasquez 2018

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