Stelis larsenii Luer 2018 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Selbyana 32(1,2): 66 Luer & Vasquez 2018

Common Name Larsen's Stelis [Named for Bruno Tavares da Silva Larsen currently living in Borgerhout, Belgium, who cultivates this species curent]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Cochabamba department of Bolivia at elevations around 1600 to 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, repent epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and 1 to 2 others at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse to rounded, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on an erect, through an evanescent spathe from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle 2.4" [6 cm] long, rachis 1.6 to 2.4" [4 to 6 cm] long, erect, strict, sublax, distichous, successively 2 to 3, several flowered inflorescence with oblique, acute, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts and carrying flowers with pale green sepals, rose petals and a rose lip.

"This species is related to Stelis laxa Schltr., a small, long-repent species that is frequent in the same mountainous area of Bolivia, but it is distinguished by a proportionately larger central apparatus. The lip is subdiscoid and shallowly concave, a compressed lip with a rather large glenion descending from a narrow, pubescent base, without a defined bar." Luer & Vasquez 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 32(1,2): 66 Luer & Vasquez 2018

Selbyana 32(1,2): 145 Luer & Vasquez 2018 Drawing fide