Stelis kilimanjaro Luer & R.Vásquez 2018 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and Selbyana 32(1,2): 64 Luer & Vasquez 2018


Common Name The Kilimanjaro Stelis [Named for Mt. Kilimanjaro, a celebrated mountain in Africa]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in La Paz department of Bolivia at elevations around 1740 meters as a small sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 thin tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early summer on an erect, from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .6" [1.5 cm] long, rachis 1" [2.5 cm] long, erect, subflexuous, simultaneously several, 12 to 15 flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, shorter to as long as the ovary floral bracts and carrying rose colored flowers.

"This very small, caespitose species is distinguished by a subflexuous raceme longer than narrow leaves. The sepals are three-veined and the petals are single-veined. The most distinctive lip is filled with a proportionately large, rounded callus from the base to the middle, where it slopes down the triangular apex." Luer & Vasquez 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 32(1,2): 64 Luer & Vasquez 2018

Selbyana 32(1,2): 144 Luer & Vasquez 2018 Drawing fide