Stelis florulenta Luer 2018


TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Selbyana 32(1,2): 49 Luer & Vasquez 2018

Common Name The Profusely Flowering Stelis [referring to the multitude of tiny flowers]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in La Paz department of Bolivia at elevations around 800 meters as a small sized, warm growing, densely caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 tubular sheaths 1 above the middle and the other below the middle and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical-linear, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the slender petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on 3 to 4, erect, through a spathe from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .4 to .8" [1 to 2 cm] long, rachis 1.2 to 4.4" [3 to 11 cm] long, erect, strict, congested, distichous, simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with oblique, obtuse, as long as the pedicel floral bracts.

"It is a densely caespitose species characterized by linear leaves more or less equalled in length by three or four, slender, multiflowered, distichous racemes of closely spaced, tiny flowers. The sepals are obtuse, single-veined and pubescent within; the petals are single-veined; and the lip is type A, obtuse, and without a distinct callus on the dorsum. The single-veined sepals and petals distinguished this species from all others that are more than 6" [15 cm] tall." Luer & Vasquez 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Selbyana 32(1,2): 49 Luer & Vasquez 2018

Selbyana 32(1,2): 140 Luer & Vasquez 2018 Drawing fide