Kefersteinia villenae D.E. Benn. & Christenson 1994 Photo courtesy of Carlos Hajek and his Peruvian Orchid Page


Common Name Villena's Kefersteinia [Ecuadorian co discoverer of species current]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Peru as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte occuring in wet montane forests in deep shade at elevations around 1100 meters with a fan shaped growth made up of conduplicate, imbricating, leaf-bearing sheaths and carrying lanceolate, acute, tapered to slender leaves with a petiolate, conduplicate base that blooms on successive axillary, lax, 1 3/4" [4 cm] long inflorescence encased by 3 to 4 scarious, imbricating basal bracts occuring at any time of the year.

Similar to K escobariana but it has long trichomes on the ventral surface of the column and K villenae does not.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 273 Bennett & Christenson 1995 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 44-45 pg 2763 - 2898 Brieger 2001; Huntleya and Related Orchids Harding 2008 photo fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo not?