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Luer, C. (2018). THE GENUS STELISSW. (ORCHIDACEAE) IN BOLIVIA. Selbyana, 32(1/2), 1–164. Retrieved from


The genus Stelis Sw. consists of over 1000 species distributed from southern Mexico and the Antilles, through the Andes into Brazil and neighbors, with the greatest concentration in the Andes of Colombia and Ecuador, each with over 400 species. Eighty-eight new species from Bolivia are proposed. The genus is poorly known in Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Bolivia, and Brazil. Several morphologically distinct genera with partial DNA similarities that have been transferred recently to Stelis are excluded. Taxonomy is an inexact science for identification of species. When morphology is abandoned for invisible, laboratory analyses, the true purpose of taxonomy is lost.


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