Stelis llipiensis Luer & Hirtz 2018 SECTION Stelis

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and Selbyana 32(1,2): 69 Luer & Vasquez 2018


Common Name The Llipi Stelis [Named for Alto Llipi in the province of Larecaja above Tipuani]

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in La Paz department of Bolivia at elevations around 1350 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate, subacute to obtuse, gradually narrowing below into the 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 1.4" [3.5 cm] long, rachis 1.4" [3.5 cm] long, rect, strict, distichous, remotely flowered,successively few, several flowered inflorescence with tubular, shorter than the pedicel floral bracts and carrying yellow flowers.

"This small, caespitose species was found during a search for the lost species of Masdevallia Ruiz & Pav. collected by Buchtien on the "way to Tipuani," described by Schlechter. Stelis llipiŽnsis could be treated as a variation of S. pusilla Kunth, but it is distinguished from all the variations by larger, narrowly obovate leaves surpassed by a remotely flowered raceme of tiny flowers with sepals transverse and reflexed; petals larger and single-veined; and a type A lip with a flat, pubescent dorsal callus." Luer & Vasquez 2018


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Selbyana 32(1,2): 69 Luer & Vasquez 2018

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