!Kefersteinia graminea (Lindl) Rchb.f. 1852

Photo by Inguna and The UK Orchid Forum Website


Common Name The Grass-Like Kefersteinia

Flower Size 1 1/2 to 2" [4 to 5 cm]

Found in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Brazil in dense forests close to the ground on tree trunks as a warm to cool growing, medium sized, fan-shaped, epiphytic species without psuedobulbs that has clustered, abbreviated stems enveloped by 4 to 5 distichous, imbricating leaf sheaths carrying suberect to arching, linear-oblanceolate, acute or acuminate, leaves that are articulated below into the conduplicate leaf sheaths that blooms in the spring, summer and fall on an axillary, short, erect to arcuate inflorescence carrying from 1 to 3, thin-textured flowers per inflorescence

This epiphytic orchid requires shade, year round watering and fertilizing.

Synonyms Huntleya fimbriata Hort. 1852; *Zygopetalum gramineum Lindl. 1844

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR; Edwards' Bot. Reg. 30: Misc. 101. 1844 as Zygopetalum gramineum; *Bot. Zeit. (Berlin) 10: 634. 1852; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1853; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854 drawing; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing ok; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 # 9 1967; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Part 4 Foldats 1970 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 52 No 6 1983 drawing/photo ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 56 No 2 1987 photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo hmm; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 26 1584 - 1648 Brieger 1992 drawing ok; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 drawing ok; Venezuela; Paraiso de Orquideas Romero 1997 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 66 #3 2002 photo ok; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo fide; Vanishing Beauty; Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005; Huntleya and Related Orchids Harding 2008 photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 28 #1 2011 photo fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide;