Homalopetalum kienastii [Rchb.f] Withner 1998 Photo courtesy of Jean Finalle

Another Clone Photo courtesy of Weyman Bussey


Common Name Kienast's Homalopetalum [Swiss Council in Mexico and Orchid Enthusiast 1800's]

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Guerrero, Oaxaca, Puebla, Hidalgo, Tlaxcala, Mexico and Michoacan states of Mexico in seasonal oak forests at elevations of 1900 to 2750 meters as a tough, mini-miniature to miniature sized, creeping, cool to cold growing epiphyte or lithophyte with a cylindrical rhizome giving rise to bright maroon, obliquely centered psuedobulbs enveloped by a sheath that is soon fibrous and carrying a single, apical, channeled, terete, conduplicate, obtuse, basally clasping leaf and found in "cool places forming dense masses and patches on trees, and, descending to the soil where it grows between moss" says Reichenbach in 1877. They bloom on an occasionally branched, ascending to sinuous, to 2" [to 5 cm] long, successsively few flowered, filiform, slightly compressed inflorescence occuring at most any time of the year and carrying herbal scented flowers.

Synonyms Domingoa kienastii (Rchb. f.) Dressler 1913; Hartwegia bergeriana Schlechter 1907; Nageliella bergeriana (Schltr.) Ames & Correll 1952; Ponera kienastii Rchb.f. 1877; Scaphyglottis bergeriana [Schlechter] L.O. Wms. 1950; Scaphyglottis kienastii (Rchb. f.) Hemsl. 1883; Sessilibulbum kienastii (Rchb. f.) Brieger 1976

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Hartwegia bergeriana; *Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol 5 Withner 1998 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum fascile 10 plate 1018 Hagsater & Soto 2008 as Domingoa keinastii drawing fide; Algunas Orquideas de Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 2013 as Domingoa kiensati photo fide