Stelis clausa Luer & R.Vásquez 2018 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and Selbyana 32(1,2): 30 Luer & Vasquez 2018


Common Name The Closed Stelis [referring to the flower]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in La Paz department of Bolivia at elevations around 1800 to 2400 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool to cold growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on an erect, from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .8 to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long, rachis 3.2 to 5.6" [8 to 14 cm] long, rect, strict, densely many flowered inflorescence with tubular, obtuse, as long as the pedicel floral bracts with the color of the flowers not given.

"This species is characterized by one or two elongated, congested, secund racemes with a comparatively thick rachis that bears minute, nutant flowers that apparently barely open. The connivent sepals are ovate and acute with microscopically ciliate, slightly thickened margins. The petals are broad with thick, rounded apices; and the triangular apex of the lip protrudes from between the petals. " Luer & Vasquez 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 32(1,2): 31 Luer & Vasquez 2018

Selbyana 32(1,2): 133 Luer & Vasquez 2018 Drawing fide