!Chamelophyton kegelii (Rchb.f.) Garay 1974

Photo by Guillame Leotard


Drawing by Carl Luer

Deep shade Hot Spring SummerFall

Common Name Kegel's Chamelophyton [German Botanical Garden Worker 1800's]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Bolivar state of Venezuela and Surinam in shady forests at elevations around 400 to 500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot growing, repent epiphyte with a stout, repent rhizome giving rise to a stout ramicaul enveloped by a loose tubular sheath and carrying a single, apical, suberect to prostrate, thickly coriaceous, pustular-verrucose, broadly elliptical to circular, obtuse to rounded, contracted below into the indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring, summer and fall on a lateral from the ramicaul, .04 to .06" [1 to 1.5 mm] long, single flowered inflorescence with an as long as the ovary floral bract.

"Characterized by the prostrate, round, verrucose leaves produced by a creeping rhizome. The single fleshy flower is borne by a short pedicel and peduncle. The dorsal sepal, concave synsepal and petals are obtuse. The lip is three lobes below the middle and bicaribnate centrally. The column is semiterete and the anther contains 6 pollina, four large and two smaller." Luer 2006

Synonyms Barbosella kegelii (Rchb.f.) Schltr. 1918; Garayella hexandra (Garay & Dunst.) Brieger 1977; Pleurothallis hexandra Garay & Dunst. 1965; *Restrepia kegelii Rchb.f. 1877;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 #9 1967 as P hexandra; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 as Pleurothallis hexandra drawing fide; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1974 as Pleurothallis hexandra drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of the Pleurothallidinae Vol 1 1986 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42-43 pg 2624 - 2756 Brieger 2001 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII A Reconsideration of Masdevallia Systematics of Specklinia Luer 2006; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 4 Epidendroideae Part 1 Pridgeon, Chase, Cribb & Rasmusen 2005 drawing; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1: 120 Karremans & Viera 2020 photo fide