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Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Monocots
Ordo: Asparagales

Familia: Orchidaceae
Subfamilia: Epidendroideae
Tribus: Cymbidieae
Subtribus: Zygopetalinae
Genus: Kefersteinia
Species: (71)
K. alata – K. alba – K. andreettae – K. angustifolia – K. auriculata – K. aurorae – K. bengasahra – K. benvenathar – K. bertoldii – K. bismarckii – K. candida – K. carolorum – K. chocoensis – K. costaricensis – K. delcastilloi – K. elegans – K. endresii – K. escalerensis – K. escobariana – K. excentrica – K. expansa – K. forcipata – K. gemma – K. graminea – K. guacamayoana – K. heideri – K. hirtzii – K. jarae – K. klabochii – K. koechliniorum – K. lacerata – K. lactea – K. lafontainei – K. laminata – K. lehmannii – K. licethyae – K. lojae – K. maculosa – K. medinae – K. microcharis – K. minutiflora – K. mystacina – K. niesseniae – K. ocellata – K. orbicularis – K. oscarii – K. parvilabris – K. pastorellii – K. pellita – K. perlonga – K. pseudopellita – K. pulchella – K. pusilla – K. retanae – K. richardhegerlii – K. ricii – K. saccata – K. salustianae – K. sanguinolenta – K. stapelioides – K. stevensonii – K. taggesellii – K. taurina – K. tinschertiana – K. tolimensis – K. trullata – K. vasquezii – K. villenae – K. villosa – K. vollesii – K. wercklei

Kefersteinia Rchb.f., Bot. Zeitung (Berlin) 10: 633 (1852)

Type species: Kefersteinia graminea (Lindl.) Rchb.f. (1852)


Senghasia Szlach., J. Orchideenfr. 10: 335 (2003)


Reichenbach, H.G. 1852. Botanische Zeitung (Berlin) 10(37): 633–634.
Harding, P.A. (2008) Huntleyas and Related Orchids. Timber Press, Portland, Oregon.
Pridgeon, A.M., Cribb, P.J., Chase, M.W. & Rasmussen, F.N. (eds.) 2014. Genera Orchidacearum Volume 5: Epidendroideae (Part two); page 507 ff., Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-850713-0


Govaerts, R. et al. 2019. Kefersteinia in Kew Science Plants of the World online. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 May 29. Reference page.
Govaerts, R. et al. 2019. Kefersteinia in World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 May 29. Reference page.
International Plant Names Index. 2019. Kefersteinia. Published online. Accessed: 29 May 2019.
The Plant List 2013. Kefersteinia in The Plant List Version 1.1. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 May 29. 2019. Kefersteinia. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2019 May 29.

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Northern America
Regional: Mexico
Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest.
Continental: Southern America
Regional: Central America
Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama.
Regional: Northern South America
French Guiana, Suriname, Venezuela.
Regional: Western South America
Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru.

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition
Vernacular names

lietuvių: Taškuotė
кырык мары: Кеферштайни

Kefersteinia is a genus of flowering plants from the orchid family, Orchidaceae. It has about 40-50 species, widespread across much of Latin America.[2] The genus was named for Keferstein of Kröllwitz, an orchidologist.[3]


Plants of the genus are small sympodial orchids closely related to Chondrorhyncha, growing 12–20 cm (4.7–7.9 in) tall.[4] Orchids have a long or short rhizome and lack pseudobulbs. Linear to lanceolate leaves form a fan shape, articulated to a sheath at their base. Single flowered inflorescences rise from the base or between leaves, often multiple at a time. Flowers are thin and translucent, with similar petals and sepals. The lip is broad and articulated to the column foot. The column is stout and keeled on the underside. Flowers have four pollinia.[5]
Distribution and habitat

Most species grow in the Andes mountains of Colombia and Ecuador, in shady, humid conditions. Most are epiphytic though some grow terrestrially in humus or moss.[5]


Most flowers of the genus are pollinated by euglossine bees attracted by the flowers' fragrance. The hump of the lip forces bees to enter the flower from the side and pollinia are attached to the base of the bee's antennae.[6]
See also

List of Orchidaceae genera


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Mark W. Chase; Maarten J. M. Christenhusz; Tom Mirenda (2018). The Book of Orchids: A Life-Size Guide to Six Hundred Species from around the World. University of Chicago Press. p. 383. ISBN 9780226224664.
Rebecca Tyson Northen (1996). Miniature Orchids and How to Grow Them (illustrated, reprint ed.). Courier Corporation. p. 89. ISBN 9780486289205.
I. F. La Croix (2008). The New Encyclopedia of Orchids: 1500 Species in Cultivation (illustrated ed.). Timber Press. pp. 234–235. ISBN 9780881928761.
Joe E. Meisel; Ronald S. Kaufmann; Franco Pupulin (2014). Orchids of Tropical America: An Introduction and Guide. Cornell University Press. p. 126. ISBN 9780801454929.

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