Stelis kroemeri Luer 2018 SECTION StelisSUBGENUS Stelis Duque 2008

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


Common Name Kroemer's Stelis [Named for Torsten Krömer, German botanist, at that time working with the University of Göttingen curent]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in La Paz department of Bolivia at elevations around 1800 meters as a small sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with an incomplete, stout ramicaul enveloped by a tubular sheath above the middle and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on an erect, through a spathe from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 4" [10 cm] long, rachis 6" [15 cm] long, erect, distichous, lax, successively few, many flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying flowers of an unknown color.

"The stout ramicaul of this large species has been broken off above the base; the leaf is large and petiolate; and the long inflorescence is loosely flowered, similar to the frequent and variable Stelis purpurea (Ruiz & Pav.) Willd.. However, the floral bracts are half as long, neither acuminate, nor undulate. The sepals are glabrous with the dorsal sepal and synsepal obtuse. The petals are also similar to those of S. purpurea, but there are distinct differences between the lips. Instead of shallowly concave with a glenion, the lip is deeply concave below a thick, bifid bar, and a single semiorbicular callus occupies the dorsum." 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