Barkeria obovata (C. Presl) Christenson 1989

Flower Closeup Photos Courtesy of Diederick Antoni

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Common Name Obovate Barkeria

Flower Size about 1" [2.2 cm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama as an epiphytic species formerly known as Barkeria chinensis, and is commonly found in hot conditions on the west coast of Mexico between 300 to 800 meters and in the rest of Central America it can be found at elevations of 240 to 3700 meters so it can be a small to large sized, warm or cold growing twig-epiphyte depending on where it was collected. It is also found inland in Morelos state and Mr Bussey has found a few plants in Veracruz state near Mata Obscura growing along with Ionopsis. This species has a short rhizome giving rise to erect, fusiform, slightly compressed, 4 to 7 noded pseudobulbs enveloped completely by sheaths and carrying 2 to 7, distichous, narrowly linear-lanceolate to lanceolate, acuminate, fleshy, somewhat conduplicate below, grey-green, deciduous leaves that are often not present at blooming which is on an apical, to 18" [45 cm] long, green-purple, racemose to paniculate, simultaneously many [1 to 70] flowered inflorescence arising on a maturing pseudobulb with narrowly triangular, acuminate, scarious, white floral bracts and occurring in the winter with flowers that barely open.

Synonyms Barkeria chinensis (Lindl. ex Benth.) Thien 1966; Barkeria nonchinensis [Rchb.f]Schlechter 1914; Broughtonia chinensis [Lindley]Ames 1842; Epidendrum chinensis [Lindley] Ames 1924; Epidendrum nonchinense Rchb.f 1876; Laeliopsis chinense Lindley ex Rchb.f 1882; *Oncidium obovatum C. Presl 1827

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; Reliq. Haenk. 99. 1827 as Oncidium obovatum; Refugium Botanicum Reichenbach 1872 as Epidendrum non-chinense drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as B nonchinensis; Das Pflanzanreich Regni Vegetabilis Conspectus Odontoglossum/Oncidium Kranzlin 1922 as Oncidium obovatum; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Epidendrum chinense;Orquideas de El Salvador Vol 1 Hamer 1974 drawing/photo fide; Orquideas de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 2 1980 as B chinense photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 2 1980 as B strophinx photo ok; Miniature Orchids Northen 1980 as Barkeria chinensis; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 608 Hamer & Dodson 1982 as B chinensis drawing fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 57 No 4 1993 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1504 Atwwod & Mora 1993 drawing ok; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Field Guide to the orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993 as Barkeria chinensis; Orchid Digest Vol 59 No 4 1995; Cattleyas and Their Relatives Vol 5 1998 as B chinensis; Cattleya and Their Relatives Vol 5 Withner 1998; Cattleya and Their Relatives Vol 5 Withner 1998 as B strophinx; Australian Orchid Review Vol 69 No 6 2004/5 photo; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 ; Icones Orchidacearum Fascile 10 plate 1005 Hagsater & Soto 2008 drawing fide

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