Kefersteinia tolimensis Schltr. 1920 Photo by Alexander Moran Mendez SECTION Papilionatae

Flower and plant

Plant and flower in situ Mistrato', Risaralda department of Colombia elevation 1900 meters 8/17 Photos by Jay Pfahl

Another Lighter Flower

Dark Color Form Photos by Jean Claude George

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Common Name The Tolima Kefersteinia [State In Colombia]

Flower Size 1 1/2" [3.5 cm]

Found in the state of Tolima, Colombia, as well as Ecuador and Venezuela in dense cloud forests low down on tree trunks at elevations around 1300 to 2100 meters as a miniature to small sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with a rather short sterm enveloped completely by distichous, imbricate, leaf bearing sheaths and carrying broadly oblanceolate to broadly oblanceolate, acute or slightly acuminate, long attenuate basally leaves giving rise to an axillary, erect to pendant, 3.2" to 5.2" [8 to 13 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence that blooms in the spring, summer and fall.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten II Colombia Schlechter 1920; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 2 1957 photo; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1965 drawing good; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 4 1970 drawing good; Orchids of Venezuela An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing good; AOS Bulletin Vol 52 No 6 1983 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 56 No 2 1987 photo; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 26 Schlechter/Brieger 1992; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo fide; Venezuela; Paraiso de Orquideas Romero 1997 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing good; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 photo fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo not; Huntleya and Related Orchids Harding 2008 photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 26 No 1 2009 photo; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; An Illustrated Field Guide to the Orchids of the Yotoco Forest Reserve Colombia Kolanowska, Escobar, Sanchez & Szlachetko 2011 drawing/photo fide