Stelis leucantha Luer 2018


TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Selbyana 32(1,2): 68 Luer & Vasquez 2018


Common Name The Thin Lipped Stelis [referring to the thickness of the lip]

Flower Size .04" [1 mm]

Found in La Paz department of Bolivia at elevations around 2050 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by a tubular sheath below the middle and another at the base and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, subacute, narrowly cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on an erect, through a slender spathe from a node below the apex of the ramicaul, peduncle .4" [1 cm] long, rachis 2.2" [5.5 cm] long, erect, distichous, many simultaneously, many flowered inflorescence with oblique, broad, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts and carrying white flowers.

"This small, caespitose species is related to the frequent and variable Stelis euspatha Rchb.f.. A few racemes about as long as the leaf bear numerous, minute, white flowers that are basically similar to those of S. euspatha, except that the sepals are glabrous and single-flowered. The floral bracts are minute. The petals and lip are practically identical to those of S. euspatha." Luer & Vasquez 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 32(1,2): 68 Luer & Vasquez 2018

Selbyana 32(1,2): 146 Luer & Vasquez 2018 Drawing fide