Kefersteinia lojae Schlechter 1929 SECTION Papilionatae NO Photo

Full shadeCoolTo WarmSummer

Common Name The Loja Kefersteinia {Ecuadorian Town]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru at elevations of 1700 to 2000 meters as a small sized, cool to warm growing, fan-shaped, epiphytic species without psuedobulbs found with an abbreviated, clustered stem enveloped by several distichous, imbricate leaf sheaths carrying linear-oblanceolate, subacute leaves that are articulated into the conduplicate leaf sheaths thatblooms in the summer on a .8" [2 cm] long, axillary, solitary flowered inflorescence holding the flower near the base of the leaves.

Kefersteinia lindneri is said to be synomonous with this species but I feel there are substantial differences to keep them separate.

CAUTION!!! A confusing species that has not been placed wth certainty. All photos that I and Patricia Harding have seen are not this species.

Synonyms *Chondrorhyncha lojae [Schlechter] Schweinf. 1944

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten III Ecuador Schlechter 1921; Orchids of Peru vol 3 Schweinfurth 1960 as Chondrorhyncha lojae; Fieldiana Biology, Vol 33, 1st Supple. to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1970; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 26 1584 - 1648 Brieger 1992; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo not = K pellita or K pseudopellita; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing/photo not correct in book; Huntleya and Related Orchids Harding 2008