Stelis brachystachya Luer & R.Vásquez 2018 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and Selbyana 32(1,2): 22 Luer & Vasquez 2018

Common Name The Short Spike Stelis

Flower Size

Found in La Paz department of Bolivia at elevations around 1300 meters as a small sized, cool growing, shortly ascending to caespitose epiphyte with 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, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on 1 to 2, erect, arising through a slender spathe at the apex of the ramicaul, subcongested, distichous, 1.6 to 2" [4 to 5 cm] long overall, flowering from near the base, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with broad, obtuse, with shorter than to as long as the ovary floral bracts.

"Similar to S pusilla but differs by an abbreviated rhizome between ramicauls; proportionally longer leaves; short, obtuse floral bracts; a dorsal sepal with a convexity across the lower quarter; and a lip with a wide, deep, longitudinal cavity descending from a broad cleft in the bar." Luer & Vasquez 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 32(1,2): 22 Luer & Vasquez 2018

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