Stelis enervis Luer 2018 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and Selbyana 32(1,2): 43 Luer & Vasquez 2018


Common Name The Nerveless Stelis [referring to the petals]

Flower Size .24" [6 mm]

Found in La Paz department of Bolivia at elevations around 2250 meters as a mini-miniature to miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, obtuse, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on an erect, from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .4 to .8" [1 to 2 cm] long, rachis 2.4" [6 cm] long, rect, strict, congested, simultaneously several, many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, as shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

"This species is characterized by single-veined sepals that arelong-pubescent, especially toward the margins; membranous petals often without a visible vein; and a lip with a thick, basal callus that is sparsely and minutely pubescent. Stelis farinosa Luer & R.Vásquez is closely allied, but differs with glabrous sepals, petals with a single vein, and a farinose callus that fills the basal third of the lip.." Luer & Vasquez 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Selbyana 32(1,2): 43 Luer & Vasquez 2018

Selbyana 32(1,2): 138 Luer & Vasquez 2018 Drawing fide