Kefersteinia lojae Schlechter 1929 SECTION Papilionatae NO Photo

Full shadeCoolTo WarmSummer

Common Name The Loja Kefersteinia {Ecuadorian Town]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

This is a small, cool to warm growing, Peruvian and Ecuadorian, fan-shaped, epiphytic species without psuedobulbs found at elevations of 1700-2000 meters 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 that has a solitary flower on a 4/5" [2 cm] long, axillary inflorescence holding the flower near the base of the leaves arising in the summer. Kefersteinia lindneri is said to be synomonous with this species but I feel there are substantial differences to keep them separate.

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; Die Orchideen lieferung 26 Schlechter/Brieger 1992; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 drawing/photo not correct in book; Huntleya and Related Orchids Harding 2008

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