!Chamelophyton kegelii (Rchb.f.) Garay 1974

Drawing by Carl Luer and the The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Deep shade Hot Spring SummerFall

Common Name Kegel's Chamelophyton [German Botanical Garden Worker 1800's]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Venezuela and Surinam in shady forests at elevations around 400 to 500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with a stout, repent rhizome giving rise to a stout ramicaul enveloped by a loose tubular sheath and carrying a single, apical, suberect to prostrate, thickly coriaceous, pustular-verrucose, broadly elliptical to circular, obtuse to rounded, contracted below into the indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring, summer and fall on a lateral from the ramicaul, .04 to .06" [1 to 1.5 mm] long, single flowered inflorescence.

Synonyms Barbosella kegelii (Rchb.f.) Schltr. 1918; Garayella hexandra (Garay & Dunst.) Brieger 1977; Pleurothallis hexandra Garay & Dunst. 1965; *Restrepia kegelii Rchb.f. 1877;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 #9 1967 as P hexandra; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 as Pleurothallis hexandra drawing fide; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1974 as Pleurothallis hexandra drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of the Pleurothallidinae Vol 1 1986 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42-43 pg 2624 - 2756 Brieger 2001 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 4 Epidendroideae Part 1 Pridgeon, Chase, Cribb & Rasmusen 2005 drawing; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 photo fide