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

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Photos by Jay Pfahl

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Photo by Patricia Harding


Common Name The Milk-White Kefersteinia

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

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

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; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 26 1584 - 1648 Brieger 1992; Orchid Digest Vol 66 #3 2002 photo hmm; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Vanishing Beauty; Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photo fide; Huntleya and Related Orchids Harding 2008 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 as Senghasia lactea; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019