Kefersteinia pusilla (C. Schweinf.) C. Schweinf. 1970 SECTION Papilionatae Photo courtesy of Carlos Hajek and his Peruvian Orchid Page

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Common Name The Tiny Kefersteinia

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in Peru at elevations of 1800 meters in cool, wet montane forests at elvations of 1700 to 2500 meters as a fan-shaped, miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with imbricating clusters of 3 elliptic-lanceolate to oblanceolate, acute to apiculate, thin leaves that have a conduplicate, petiolate base and blooms on a slender, laxly arching, axillary inflorescence enclosed by 3 to 4 scarious, imbricating sheaths at the base with nodding, campanulate flowers with 2 floral bracts held at mid-leaf occurring in nature at any time of the year.

Synonyms *Chondrorhyncha pusilla C. Schweinf. 1944

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; Amer. Orchid Soc. Bull. 12: 384. 1944 as Chondrorhyncha pusilla; Fieldiana Biology, Vol 33, 1st Supple. to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth Vol 3 1960 as Chondrohyncha pusilla drawing fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 26 Schlechter/Brieger 1992 drawing hmm; Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 072 Bennett & Christenson 1993 drawing fide; Huntleya and Related Orchids Harding 2008 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide