Barbosella portillae Luer 2002 Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

Full shade WarmSpring

Common Name or Meaning Portilla's Barbosella [Ecuadorian Orchid Nurseryman Current]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations around 1000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect, short ramicauls enveloped by 2 thin, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriacaeous, linear-obovate, obtuse, gradually narrowing below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, slender, 3" [7.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a thin tubular floral bract.

As the flower ages it will have the totally free sepals begin to pull away from each other to almost a 180 degree angle. This feature is unique to this species, any other Barbosella species that have divergent sepals with age have the sepals still attached for part of their margin.

Synonyms

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Luer 2002 drawing

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