Stelis cloesiorum Luer 2018 SECTION Humboldtia

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


Common Name The Cloes' Stelis [Named for Patrick and Martine Cloes, collectors of this species]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Cochabamba department of Bolivia at elevations around 2800 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer an erect, arising from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 1.2" [3 cm] long, rachis 1.2" [3 cm] long, erect, strict, distichous, loosely few flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying flowers with glabrous sepals, the dorsal rose and the laterals yellow white.

"This small species is known from only a single, possibly depauperate, cultivated plant, from which a leaf and stem that held two fresh, medium-sized flowers was removed. The ovate dorsal sepal and the deeply concave synsepal do not appear unusual, but the hastate petals and shallow, semidiscoid lip are most unusual. The apex of the lip is broadly rounded, and a small, thumb-like process protrudes from a callus in the center of the transverse base. " Luer & Vasquez 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

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

Selbyana 32(1,2): 134 Luer & Vasquez 2018 Drawing fide