I bought this little charmer last month at the Pacific Orchid Expo. It’s a Kefersteinia, and it’s been covered with blooms for over a month. This species flowers frequently, producing a single bloom on each spike. The flowers last about a week, but there’s a constant resupply of 1 inch (2.5 cm) yellow flowers with white lip and dark red spots.

Kefersteinia flowerKefersteinia flowerKefersteinia flower side view

This species is native to the rainforests of Colombia, Panama, and Costa Rica. It has thin leaves with little water storage capacity, so the plant needs regular water and high humidity. The last picture shows a flower bud before opening, an indication that the flowers are still coming.

Kefersteinia flower close upKefersteinia flower bud

The botanical term for orchids that stay in bloom for extended periods is “floriferous” (pronounced FLOOR-if-fur-us), and I hope it continues to describe this little gem.

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2 Comments on “Kefersteinia”

  1. nancy Says:

    it looks like it has a big yellow tooth on the top and a tongue sticking out on the bottom. cute!!

  2. Joy Blake Says:

    Your pics are great! Its amazing detail.