Stelis coccidata Luer & R.Vásquez 2018 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and Selbyana 32(1,2): 33 Luer & Vasquez 2018


Common Name The Cocci Stelis [ A Spherical bacteria, referring to the tiny, subcircular floral parts]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Santa Cruz department of Bolivia at elevations around 1000 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer an erect, arising from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .8" to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long, rachis 3.2" [8 cm] long, erect, strict, sublax, successively few, many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, as long as to shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying light green flowers suffused with rose.

"This small, caespitose species is known only from a collectionby Dr. Moreno near Samaipata, the eastern edge of Andean forest. A hairlike peduncle lifts the tiny-flowered raceme above the leaves. The transversely ovate to subcircular sepals are about one millimeter long and wide; the petals are three-veined; and the shallow lip is vaguely similar to that of Stelis argentata Lindl. " Luer & Vasquez 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 32(1,2): 33 Luer & Vasquez 2018

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