Stelis elegans Luer & R.Vásquez 1981 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and Selbyana 32(1,2): 41 Luer & Vasquez 2018


Common Name The Elegant Stelis [referring to the labellum]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in La Paz department of Bolivia at elevations around 2600 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing, ascending-repent 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, subacute to rounded, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on an erect, arising through a spathe from a node below the apex of the ramicual, congested, peduncle 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long, rachis 2 to 2.8" [5 to 7 cm] long, with the flowers overlapping, most open simultaneously, many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, as long as to longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying yellow flowers.

"This repent, medium-sized species is distinguished by a stout, ascending rhizome, a densely flowered raceme, slightly longer than the leaf, of many overlapping, yellow flowers. The sepals are broadly ovate and obtuse, and convex above a deep recess for the proportionately large central apparatus; the petals are three-veined; and the lip is rounded and concave below a thick bar that is pubescent on the dorsum." Luer & Vasquez 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Phytologia 49: 228 Luer & Vasquez 1981

Orchidaceae Stelis Swartz A Compendium Duque 2008 drawing fide;

Selbyana 32(1,2): 41 Luer & Vasquez 2018

Selbyana 32(1,2): 137 Luer & Vasquez 2018 Drawing fide