Barbosella australis (Cogn.) Schltr. 1918

Side View Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt

Lip and Column Detail Photo by Luiz Filipe Varela and his Flicker website

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Common Name The Southern Barbosella

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in southern Brazil at elevations around 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, creeping epiphyte with a creeping, branching rhizome giving rise to ascending, cylindrical ramicauls enveloped by sheaths and carrying a single, apical, suberect, elliptic-oblong, often suffused with purple, acute, conduplicate below into the sessile base leaf blooms in the summeron a .6 to 1.4" [1.5 to 3.5 cm] long, erect, terete, slender, single flowered stalk arising from the papery bract at the basal leaf whorl. It holds the single flower well above the leaves.

Synonyms Barbosella australis var. genuina Hoehne 1947; Barbosella australis var. latipetala Hoehne 1947; Barbosella australis var. loefgrenii (Cogn.) Hoehne 1947; Barbosella loefgrenii (Cogn.) Schltr. 1918; *Restrepia australis Cogn. 1906; Restrepia loefgrenii Cogn. 1906

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Miniature Orchids Northern 1988; The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchds Pridgeon 1992; Orchidaceae Brasilienses Vol 2 Pabst - Dungs 1977; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XX Luer 2000 drawing fide; Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species Parsons & Gerritsen 2013 photo fide

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