Kefersteinia lactea (Rchb.f.) Schltr. 1923 SECTION Papilionatae

Another Angle Photos by Jay Pfahl

Flower close up Photo by Patricia Harding


Common Name The Milk-White Kefersteinia

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Mexico, Costa Rica and Panama as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte at elevations of 850 to 1200 meters that has oblong to elliptic-lanceolate, acute, obscurely plicate leaves and blooms on an axillary, erect to slightly arching, 3/4" [2 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence occuring in the summer and early fall.

Synonyms Chondrorhyncha lactea (Rchb.f.) L.O.Williams 1942; Senghasia lactea (Rchb.f.) Szlach. & Romowicz 2006; *Zygopetalum lacteum Rchb. f. 1872

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; Gard. Chron. 1290. 1872 as Zygopetalum lacteum; *Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni Veg. Beih. 19: 228. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 as Chondrorhyncha lactea; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 26 1584 - 1648 Brieger 1992; Vanishing Beauty; Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photo fide; Huntleya and Related Orchids Harding 2008 photo fide