Stelis beckii Luer & R.Vásquez 2018 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer

Common Name Beck's Stelis [German Director of the National Herbarium of Bolivia current]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in La Paz department of Bolivia at elevations around 1650 to 2000 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool growing, ascending-repent epiphyte with relatively stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and summer on 1 to 2, erect, arising through a spathe from near the base of the leaf, strict, subsecund, 3.2 to 6.4" [8 to 16 cm] long overall, densely simultaneous many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

"Characterized by a thick ascending, repent rhizome, ramicauls longer than the elliptical leaf and 2 strict, simultaneously flowered racemes about as long as the leaf. The flowers re small and yellow with three veined, pubescent sepals and proportionally small, three veined petals and lip. The lip is tyoe A witha cleft bar and a deep glenion. The flowers are similar to S phaeomelanan and S caldaria but easily distinguished by the ascending-repent habit." Luer & Vasquez 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 32(1,2): 21 Luer & Vasquez 2018

Selbyana 32(1,2): 131 Luer & Vasquez 2018 Drawing fide