Kefersteinia pusilla (C. Schweinf.) C. Schweinf. 1970 SECTION Papilionatae

Photo by Carlos Hajek and his Peruvian Orchid Page

Full shadeCoolWinterSpringSummerFall

Common Name The Tiny Kefersteinia

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in Peru in wet montane forests at elevations of 1700 to 2500 meters as a fan-shaped, miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with imbricating clusters of 3, elliptic-lanceolate to oblanceolate, acute to apiculate, thin, conduplicate below into the petiolate base leaves that have blooms in nature at any time of the year on a slender, laxly arching, axillary inflorescence enclosed by 3 to 4 scarious, imbricating sheaths at the base and 2 floral bracts held at mid-inflorescence carrying nodding, campanulate flowers.

Synonyms *Chondrorhyncha pusilla C. Schweinf. 1944; Kefersteinia benvenathar D.E.Benn. & Christenson 1994; Kefersteinia licethyae D.E.Benn. & Christenson 1994

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; Amer. Orchid Soc. Bull. 12: 384. 1944 as Chondrorhyncha pusilla; Fieldiana Biology, Vol 33, 1st Supple. to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth Vol 3 1960 as Chondrohyncha pusilla drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 26 1584 - 1648 Brieger 1992 drawing hmm; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 072 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 267 Bennett & Christenson 1995 as K benvenathar drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 267 Bennett & Christenson 1995 as K licethyi drawing fide; Huntleya and Related Orchids Harding 2008 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; LANKESTERIANA 14(1) 2014 as K benvenathar; LANKESTERIANA 14(1) 2014 as K licethyae; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 as K aff licethyae not = L vollesii photo fide;