Koellensteinia graminea (Lindl.) Rchb. f. 1856

Photo By Jorge Mario Munera

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Common Name The Grass-Like Kollensteinia

Flower Size to about 1" [to about 2.5 cm]

Found from Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Trinidad in wet forests, in humid montane deciduous, jungle and rain forests usually in deep shade at altitudes of 120 to 2000 meters as a small sized, hot to cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with an almost closed fan-shape made up of stems that are encased by imbricating, articulating leaf bearing sheaths with linear, grass-like, acute leaves with a conduplicate base that graduate in size from the base that blooms in the spring, summer and fall on a lateral, bracteate, erect, to 5" [12.5 cm] long, slender, few to 15 flowered, racemose inflorescence with successive opening flowers that is just short of the length of the leaves.

SynonymsAganisia graminea (Lindl.) Benth. ex Hook. f. 1892; Koellensteinia elegantula Schltr. 1920; Koellensteinia graminoides D.E.Benn. & Christenson 1994; *Maxillaria graminea Lindl. 1836; Promenaea graminea (Lindl.) Lindl.1843

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953 drawing fide; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 drawing fide; Native Orchids of Trinidad Schultes 1960; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 # 9 1967; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Part 4 Foldats 1970 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Brasilensis Band 2 Pabst & Dungs 1977 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing fide; The Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986 photo ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 507 Dodson 1989 drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 61 No 3/240-1 1991 drawing; AOS Bulletin Vol 61 #3 1992 drawing fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 drawing fide; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 073 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing ok; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 27 1648 - 1712 Brieger 1993 drawing/photo good; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 1 COS 1991 photo fide; An Orchid Flora Of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Ackerman 1995; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing/photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 44-45 pg 2763 - 2898 Brieger 2001 as K graminoides; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 as K elegantula photo fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide;