Barkeria vanneriana Rchb. f. 1885 Photo by J & L Orchids, Copyright

Another color form? Photo by Andy's Orchids, Copyright 2002 All rights reserved

Common Name Vanner's Barkeria [German Orchid Collector in Mexico 1800's] - in Mexico - Cacho de venado [deer horns]

Flower Size 1 1/2" to 2" [to 5 cm]

Found in Puebla, Guerrero and Oaxaca states of Mexico on cliffs or steep rocky slopes in tropical deciduous forests, dry oak forests and in xerophytic scrub with columnar cacti at elevations of 950 to 2000 meters as a medium to large sized, cool to warm growing lithophyte with acrotonic [the new stem arises from 1/3 up on the old stem], sympodially ascending, subcylindrical, swelling to fusiform, 9 to 11 noded stems enveloped by scarious, adpressed, grey sheaths and carrying 5 to 7, distichous, articulate, lanceolate-elliptic to ovate, acute to acuminate, coriaceous to fleshy, green profusely tinted purple beneath leaves becoming deciduous at blooming in the fall on an apical, erect, very thin, subterete, 6 to " [15 to 90 cm] long, racemose inflorescence enveloped by scarious, tubular, basally imbricate bracts and distant towards the apex and producing 3 to 18, 1 1/2" to 2" showy rose-lavender flowers with a dark purple disk on the lavender lip

Synonyms Barkeria lindleyana subsp. vanneriana (Rchb. f.) Thien 1970; *Epidendrum vannerianum Rchb. f. 1885;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 2 1980 photo fide as B lindleyana var vanneriana; Miniature Orchids Northern 1980 as B lindleyana var vanneriana; AOS Bulletin Vol 56 No 6 1987 photo as B lindleyana subsp vanneriana; Cattleya and Their Relatives Vol 5 Withner 1998 drawing/photo fide; Algunas Orquideas de Oaxaca Suarez 2004 photo fide; Orchids of Mexico, Hagsater, Soto, Salazar etal 2005 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum fascile 10 plate 1009 Hagsater & Soto 2008 drawing fide

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