Stelis comosa Luer & R.Vásquez 2018 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and Selbyana 32(1,2): 34 Luer & Vasquez 2018


Common Name The Hairy Stelis [refers to the hairy lip]

Flower Size .36" [9 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 and 2 to 3 others below and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring an erect, arising through a spathe from a node near the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .8" to 1.2" [2 to 3 cm] long, rachis 2.8 to 3.2" [7 to 8 cm] long, erect, strict, congested, distichous, mostly simulataneosuly many flowered inflorescence with infundibular, oblique, acute, longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying dark purple flowers." Luer & Vasquez 2018

"Vegetatively this species is indistinguishable from the frequent Stelis rutrum Luer & R.Vásquez described herein, but it differs from the latter by thick, deeply concave petals, and morphology of the lip. As with S. rutrum, the lower angles of the petals overlie the upper margins of the lip. The lip is concave with thin margins below thick halves of a cleft bar, and the dorsum is densely finely and long-pubescent." Luer & Vasquez 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 32(1,2): 34 Luer & Vasquez 2018

Selbyana 32(1,2): 135 Luer & Vasquez 2018 Drawing fide