Koellensteinia ionoptera Linden & Rchb.f. 1871

Another Angle Photos by Jay Pfahl

Another Flower

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Warm Cool Fall

Common Name The Violet Colored Wings [refers to the wings of the lip]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru at elevations of 900 to 2000 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial with a short leafy stem thickened into a narrowly ovoid, prolonged into a slender, cauliform neck and carrying a single, apical, erect, lanceolate-elliptic, acute to acuminate, narrowing below leaf with 3 nerves beneath and blooms in the fall on a basal, lateral, erect, somewhat stout, 18" [45 cm] long, 9 to 15 flowered, racemose inflorescence with a few remote small, tubular sheaths and small, inconspicuous floral bracts.

Synonyms Aganisia ionoptera (Linden & Rchb.f.) G.Nicholson 1885; Paradisanthus ionoptertrs (Linden & Rchb.f.) Schltr. 1914

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Paradisianthus ionopterus; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 195 drawing fide3; Orchids of Peru Fieldiana Vol 3 Schweinfurth 1960; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 27 1648 - 1712 Brieger 1993 photo good; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 274 Bennett & Christenson 1995 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide