Kefersteinia salustianae D.E.Benn. & Christenson 1994

Drawing by R Esparza and The Epidendra Website

Full ShadeCool SummerTHROUGH EARLIER Fall

Common Name The Salustiana Kefersteinia [Salustiana Castro Peruvian and Ashininga Indian first collector of species surrent]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in Junin department of Peru in wet montane forests at elevations around 1800 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with a fan of several, grading into bracts, oblanceoalte to narrowly elliptic, elongate, conduplicate, distichous, acuminate, acute to minutely apiculate, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the summer through earlier fall on 1 to several, axillary, laxly erect, terete, to 2.4" [6 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence subtended by 2, transverse, ovate-reniform floral bracts.

Often cited as and most likely is a synonym of K andreettae but differs in the prominent rhizome in an ascending habit and the sparselky pubescent column and the position and extent of the column wings. I have included it as a separate species because Kew still recognizes it as such.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Huntleya and Related Orchids Harding 2008 as K andreetae; LANKESTERIANA 14(1) 2014;