!Konanzia minutiflora Dodson & N.H. Williams 1980 Photo by Jay Pfahl, Plant grown by JEM Orchids

Full shade LATE to EARLY

Common Name The Minute Flowered Konantzia

Flower Size .08" [2 mm]

Found in western Ecuador dry and wet montane cloud forests at elevations of 800 to 1600 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with small round pseudobulbs enveloped basally by 2 to 3 well developed, thick and fleshy, conduplicate leaf bearing sheaths and carrying 1 or 2 apical, dwarfed, much shorter than the leaf-bearing sheaths, thick and hard, conduplicate below into the base leaves that blooms in the late spring and early fall on an axillary, erect, branching, 16" [40 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence carrying many tiny flowers.

Only this genus and the unrelated genus of Erycina have the very well developed, lateral, leaf bearing sheaths and very small, reduced apical leaves arising from the apex of the pseudobulb.

Synonyms Ionopsis minutiflora (Dodson & N.Williams) Pupulin 1998; Konantzia minutiflora Dodson & N.H. Williams 1980

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 123 Dodson 1980 drawing fide; Orchids from The Coast Of Ecuador Arosemana, Jurado, Estrada and Konanz 1988 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 32 1977 - 2056 Brieger 1996 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 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006;