!Koellensteinia kellneriana Rchb.f. 1854

Photo by Ivan Mikolji


Photo by Vladimir Dinets


Common Name Kellner's Koellensteinia [Kellner Von Koellenstein Austrian Officer and Orchid Enthusiast 1800's]

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, French Guiana, Surinam and northern Brazil in light open woods at elevations of 500 to 2200 meters as a small to medium sized, hot to cool growing terrestrial with cylindric, swollen pseudobulbs carrying a single apical, erect, plicate, gradually narrowing below into the channeled petiolate base leaf that is enveloped along with the pseudobulb by grey close fitting sheaths that blooms in the late fall and early winter on an erect, terete, dark red, to 16" [40 cm] long, to 20 flowered, racemose inflorescence with white, acuminate bracts and carrying slightly fragrant, fleshy flowers.

Synonyms Aganisia kellneriana Benth 1892

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854 drawing; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing good; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953 drawing good; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1965 drawing ok; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Flora de Venezuela Volumen 15 Parte 4 Foldats 1970 drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 2 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing ok; AOS Bulletin Vol 71 # 5 2002 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo fide; Orchids A Colombian Treasure Vol 3 Ortiz & Uribe 2019 drawing/photo fide;