!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 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; 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 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 56 No 2 1987 photo; 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; 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