Stelis cardenasii Luer & R.Vásquez 2018 SECTION Humboldtia

TYPE Drawing by © Luer & Vasquez and


Common Name Cardena's Stelis [Martin Cardenas Bolivian Botanist curent]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in La Paz department of Bolivia at elevations around 1840 meters as a minature to small sized, cool growing caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late summer and early fall on an erect, arising through a slender spathe at the node below the apex of the ramicaul, strict, peduncle 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long, distichous, subcongested, 5.6 to 6" [14 to 15 cm] long, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with tubular, close, as long as the pedicel floral bracts.

"This species of Stelis section Humboldtia is related to S. purpurea (Ruiz & Pav.) Willd., but is distinguished by fleshy flowers with a five-veined dorsal sepal, five-veined petals, and a lip deeply concave with thin, rounded margins." Luer & Vasquez 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 32(1,2): 26 Luer & Vasquez 2018;

Selbyana 32(1,2): 132 Luer & Vasquez 2018 Drawing fide