Barkeria scandens (La Llave & Lex.) Dressler & Halb 1977 Photo by Allen Black Copyright 2002 All rights reserved

Common Name The Scandent Barkeria

Flower Size 1 1/4" to 2" [3 to 5 cm]

Found in Michoacan, Guerrerro, and Oaxaca states of Mexico in subtropical scrub, dry oak forests and moist scrub as a small to large sized, cool growing twig epiphyte or lithophyte at elevations of 1000 to 1900 meters with sympodially ascending, cylindrical stems enveloped by close fitting sheaths and carrying 3 to 8, distichous, deciduous, fleshy, ovate-elliptic to lanceolate, acute to subacute, obtuse-subcordate below, green suffused with purple, carinate beneath leaves that blooms in the fall on a terminal, racemose, very thin, subterete, 4 to 22" [10 to 55 cm] long, densly 2 to 18 flowered inflorescence.

This orchid grows best mounted on slabs of cork or treefern.

Synonyms Barkeria cyclotella Rchb.f Gard. 1880; Barkeria lindleyana var. cyclotella [Rchb.f] Thein 1970; Epidendrum cyclotellum Rchb. f.; Epidendrum lindleyana var cyclotellum [Rchb.f] Veitch 1890; *Pachyphyllum scandens La LLave & Lex. 1825

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as B cyclotella; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 9 513 - 576 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977 as B cyclotella; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 2 1980 photo fide; Miniature Orchids Northern 1980 as B cyclotella photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 56 No 6 1987 photo fide; Cattleya and Their Relatives Vol 5 Withner 1998 drawing/photo fide; Algunas Orquideas de Oaxaca Suarez 2004 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 69 No 6 2004/5 photo; Flora's Orchids Nash & La Croix 2005; Orchids of Mexico, Hagsater, Soto, Salazar etal 2005 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum fascile 10 plate 1006 Hagsater & Soto 2008 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #11 2016 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #9 2017 photo fide;