Kefersteinia gemma Schltr. 1874 SECTION Papilionatae Photo courtesy of Chorizo and Marisa Londono

Another Flower Angle Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding

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Common Name The Gem Kefersteinia

Flower Size just under 1 3/5" [4 cm]

Found in Venezuela, Colombia, western Ecuador and Peru at elevations of 600 to 1400 meters in wet, humid forests low to the ground as a medium sized, cool to warm growing epiphyte with equitant, subcoriaceous, articulated at the base, distichous, lanceolate, plicate, acuminate leaves that blooms in the spring on an erect, 2" [5 cm] long, axillary, single flowered inflorescence that holds the flower below the leaves near the base of the plant.

Synonyms Zygopetalum gemma Rchb. f. 1874

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 120 Dodson 1980 drawing hmm; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 2 COS 1991 photo = K oscarii; Die Orchideen lieferung 26 Schlechter/Brieger 1992 drawing hmm; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 errata = K oscarii; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing hmmm; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo ok; Huntleya and Related Orchids Harding 2008 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide

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