Barbosella cucullata (Lindl.) Schltr. 1918 SUBGENUS Barbosella

Plant and Flowers

Photos by Jay Pfahl




Drawings by Carl Luer

Full shadeCoolTo ColdWinterSpringand LATEFall

Common Name The Cowled Barbosella

Flower Size 1 1/4" [4 cm]

Found from Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador Peru and Bolivia in dense brush at elevations of 1400 to 3450 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing, repent to caespitose epiphyte to lithophyte in moss, with a very short, approximate stem carrying a single, apical, erect, fleshy, oblanceolate, minutely tridentate apically leaf that is rough textured and blooms in the winter, spring and fall on an erect, terete, pale green, 6" [15 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a thin, tubular, enveloping the pedicel floral bract and holding the large flower well above the leaves.

"The leaves are thick and fleshy usually between a .2 [.5 cm] and .4" [1 cm] wide and to 2" [5 cm] long and borne by much shorter ramicauls. The peduncles ae usually much longer that the leaf and bear a solitary large flower with sepals usuall over 1.2" [3 cm] long and sometime reaching 1.6" [4 cm] long,Although the flowers vary greatly in size and color the flower morphology remains surprisingly stable. The color of the flowers varies from pale yellow to green through arage to brown and purple." Luer 2000

Synonyms Barbosella longiflora (Kraenzl.) Schltr. 1921; Barbosella longipes Schltr. 1920; Barbosella rhynchantha (Rchb. f. & Warsz.) Schltr. 1918; Barbosella varicosa (Lindl.) Schltr. 1918; Masdevallia longiflora Kraenzl. 1925; Pleurothallis angustisegmenta C. Schweinf. 1942; Pleurothallis rhynchantha (Rchb. f. & Warsz.) L.O. Williams 1939; Restrepia antennifera var. angustifolia Kraenzl. 1899; Restrepia cucullata Lindl. 1845; Restrepia rhynchantha Rchb. f. & Warsz. 1854; Restrepia varicosa Lindl. 1859

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. 15:108 Lindl. 1845; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1854 as Restrepia rhynchantha; Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten II Colombia Schlechter 1920 as B longipes; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 not = B prorepens; AOS Bulletin Vol 30 No 5 1961; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 No 9 1967 photo fide; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970 drawing fide; Fieldiana Biology, Vol 33, 1st Supple. to the Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1970; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 7 385 - 448 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1975; Orchidaceae Brasilienses Vol 2 Pabst - Dungs 1977; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Dunsterville and Garay 1979 drawing not = B prorepens; Miniature Orchids Northen 1980; AOS Bulletin Vol 50 No 6 1981 photo good; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of the Pleurothallidinae Vol 1 1986 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Peru Plate 0008 Dodson & Bennett 1989 drawing ok; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 1 COS 1990 photo fide; The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchds Pridgeon 1992; The Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb, Laurent 1992 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids vol 1 Dodson 1993 drawing fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Orchids of Bolivia Vol 1 Vasquez & Ibisch 2000 photo/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XX Systematics of Jostia, Andinia, Barbosella, Barbrodia & Pleurothallis subgen Antilla, Effusia and Restrepioidia Luer 2000 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 drawing/photo fide; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005 drawing fide; Las Orquedias Del Tachira Fernandez 2003 photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 24 #1 2005 photo fide; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 4 Epidendroideae Part 1 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase & Rasmussen 2005 drawing fide; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005; Miniature Orchids Frownie 2007; Orquideologia Vol 25 #2 2008 as B longipes photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 28 #1 2011 photo fide; A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species Parsons & Gerritsen 2013 photo fide; Orquideas del Valle de Aburra Medellin Colombia Sociedad Colombiana de Orquideologia 2014 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide;

LANKESTERIANA 23(2). Karremans, Moreno, Gil-Amaya, Morales, Espinosa, Mesa, Restrepo, Rincon-Gonzales, Serna, Sierra-Ariza and Vieira-Uribe 2023 photo fide;