Stelis fuchsii Luer & R.Vásquez 2018 SECTION Stelis

Drawing by © Carl Luer and Selbyana 32(1,2): 51 Luer & Vasquez 2018


Common Name Fuchs' Stelis [Named for the late Fred Fuchs, Jr., co-collector of this species late 1900's]

Flower Size .16" [4 mm]

Found in Cochabamba department of Bolivia at elevations around 2500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect relatively stout ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring on an erect, arising through a spathe from a node near the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 1.6" [ 4 cm] long, rachis 3.2 to 4" [8 to 10 cm] long, erect, strict, loosely flowered below to congested above, successively many, numerous flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, longer than the ovary floral bracts and carrying purple flowers.

"This small species is distinguished by a loose, strict raceme of small, light green flowers with more or less concave sepals that are long-ciliate. Upon rehydration, the sepals are excessively fragile and difficult to expand without destruction, but the petals and lip are in satisfactory condition. The petals are simply three-veined, and the lip is transverse with a minute, acute apiculum. The glenion is a broad, deep cleft with raised margins, which may be exaggerated in a rehydrated specimen." Luer & Vasquez 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Selbyana 32(1,2): 51 Luer & Vasquez 2018

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