Stelis ballatrix Luer & R.Vásquez 2018 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer


Common Name The Ballet Dancer Stelis [refers to the leaf and ramicaul]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in La Paz department of Bolivia at elevations around 2550 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with stout, 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, elliptical, subacute to obtuse, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on an erect, arising through a spathe from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, strict, subcongested, distichous, peduncle .16 to 2" [4 to 5 cm] long, 4 to 4.8" [10 to 12 cm] long overall, mostly simultaneous many flowered inflorescence with close, tubular, obtuse, much shorter than the pedicel floral bracts.

"Similar to S antennata and S salatrix as all have evenly spaced, long pedicellate flowers, but S ballatrix differs in the flowrs with sepals that recurve, while acute triangular petals rise 45 degrees above a protruding, similarily acute, triangular lip that is twice as longas wide, the stigmatic lobes are confluent into a transverse lobe below the rostellum." Luer & Vasquez 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 32(1,2): 20 Luer & Vasquez 2018

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