Kefersteinia sanguinolenta Rchb. f. 1852 SECTION Papilionatae

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Common Name The Blood-Stained Kefersteinia

Flower Size 3/4" [2 cm]

Found in Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia and Venezuela in dense subtropical montane forests in deep shade low down on slender trees at altitudes of 800 to 2400 meters as a miniature to small sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte with a few imbricating, conduplicate, leaf-bearing sheaths carrying oblanceolate to linear-oblanceolate, acute, minutely apiculate, gradually narrowing below into the conduplicate base leaves that blooms in the summer until fall on an axillary, erect, 2" [5 cm] long inflorescence carrying a solitary, thin textured flower that is held below the leaves.

Synonyms Zygopetalum sanguinolentum Rchb. f. 1861

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Bot. Zeit. (Berlin) 10: 635. 1852; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1853; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854 drawing; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 drawing good; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Part 4 Foldats 1970 drawing good; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing good; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 537 Dodson 1982 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 52 No 6 1983 Drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 56 No 2 1987 photo fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Peru Plate 0087 Dodson & Bennett 1989 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 26 1584 - 1648 Brieger 1992 drawing hmm; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing good; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 2 Dodson 2001 photo hmm; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo not; Huntleya and Related Orchids Harding 2008 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 as K sp photo ok; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 photo fide;