Stelis herzogii Schltr. 1913 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Selbyana 32(1,2): 55 Luer & Vasquez 2018


Common Name Herzog's Stelis [Theodor Herzog, collector of this species early 1900's]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Peru and Santa Cruz department of Bolivia at elevations around 1400 to 1500 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath on the middle third and 2 at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on 1 to 3, erect, through a spathe from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .4" [1 cm] long, rachis .4 to 3.2" [1 to 8 cm] long, erect, strict, sometimes arching, distichous, congested, mostly simultaneously many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, just shorter to as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying flowers with yellow-green sepals purple or brown petals and a purple or brown lip.

"Stelis herzogii is a variable species that sometimes has been referred to S. aprica Lindl., from which it differs with broader leaves, larger floral bracts, three-veined petals, and an obtuse tip of the lip." Luer & Vasquez 2018

Synonyms Stelis virens Schltr. 1913

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

Selbyana 32(1,2): 55 Luer & Vasquez 2018

Selbyana 32(1,2): 142 Luer & Vasquez 2018 Drawing fide