Stelis kautskyi Luer & Toscano 2012 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Luer & Toscano

Common Name Kautsky's Stelis [Brazilian Named for the late Roberto A. Kautsky of Domingos Martins, Botanist who collected and cultivated this species. 2010]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in Espirito Santo state of Brazil without locational data as a mini-miniature sized, caespitose epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 1 to 2, tubular sheaths and carrying an erect, thickly coriaceous, elliptical, subacute apically, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on an erect, arising through a spathe near the apex of the ramicaul, congested, the peduncle .32" [8 mm] long, .4 to .48" [10 to 12 mm] long overall with most flowers open simultaneously, many-flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, as long as the pedicel floral bracts .

"This small species is easily recognized by thick, elliptical leaves and a short, densely flowered raceme. The tiny purple flowers are crowded and overlapping. The sepals are obtuse and three-veined; the petals are truncate and single-veined; and the lip, ovoid with the apex thick and rounded, and a rounded, pubescent callus on the truncate dorsum, is a modified type A. Although the anther cap is proportionately large, the stigmatic lobes are minute, and hidden between the anther and lip. " Luer & Toscano 2012


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

*Harvard Papers in Botany, Vol. 17, No. 2, pp. 307315 MISCELLANEOUS NEW SPECIES IN THE PLEUROTHALLIDINAE (ORCHIDACEAE) FROM BRAZIL Carlyle A. Luer1 and A. L. V. Toscano de Brito 2012 drawing fide