!Kegeliella houtteana (Rchb.f.) L.O.Williams 1942

Photo by Ron Parsons

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing from Xenia Rchb.f 1858


Common Name Houtte's Kegeliella [Belgian Orchid Enthusiast 1800's]

Flower Size 1.5" [3.75 cm]

Found in Venezuela, Guyana, French Guiana, Surinam, Trinidad and Tobago and Para' state of Brazil in dense, fairly tall forests at elevations of 600 to 1500 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with light green, hard, shiny, ovoid pseudobulbs enveloped below in youth by dark brown sheaths and carrying a single, apical, plicate, 5 nerved, greeny brown on top, maroon-brown below, elliptic, acute, gradually narrowing below into the elongate, petiolate base leaf that blooms on a pendant, thin, pale green with red brown hairs, 4 to 12 flowered inflorescence

CAUTION I am not sure of this photo determination but the drawing is absolutely correct.

Synonyms *Kegelia houtteana Rchb.f. 1852

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854 as Kegelia houtteana drawing; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI Hoehne 1942 as Kegelia houtteana drawing hmm; Iconografia de Orchidaceae Do Brasil Hoehne 1949 drawing hmm; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; Native Orchids of Trinidad Schultes 1960; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1961 not = K orientalis; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 #8 1964; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 drawing hmm; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 4 Foldats 1970 not = K orientalis Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 2 Pabst & Dungs 1977 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing not = K orientalis; AOS Bulletin Vol 55 no 6 1986 s Cryptarrhena lunata drawing fide; The Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 37/38 pg 2309 - 2436 Brieger 1999; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 not = K orientalis; Of Mice and Men Part 1 Jenny 2015 drawing fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing ok;