Barkeria spectabilis Bateman ex Lindley 1842

Photo by © Jay Pfahl

Another Flower

Photo by © Danny Lentz and plant grown by the Atlanta Botanical Garden


Common Name The Showy Barkeria

Flower Size 1 /34" to 3" [4 to 8 cm]

Found in southern Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador where it grows as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte or lithophyte in dry areas on oak trees and bushes at elevations of 1300-3500 meters with fusiform-cylindrical, erect pseudobulbs carrying ovate to linear-lanceolate, subcoriaceous, acute to acuminate leaves. It flowers in the summer on a few to many flowered, apical, 10" [25 cm] long, racemose or paniculate inflorescence arising on a newly arising pseudobulb with short-lived non-fragrant flowers that open in succession.

It is a cool to cold growing orchid and likes to be mounted on wood branches with moderate shade and even watering while growing and a drier winter rest after leaf drop.

Synonyms Barkeria lindleyanan ssps. spectabile [Batem ex Lindl.] Rchb.f 1862; Epidendrum spectabile (Bateman ex Lindl.) Rchb. f. ex Müll. Berol. 1862

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *The Orchids of Mexico and Guatemala Bateman 1843 drawing fide; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 31 No 3 1962; Las Orquideas de El Salvador Vol 1 Hamer 1974 drawing/photo fide; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 9 513 - 576 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 2 1980 photo fide; Miniature Orchids Northen 1980; Orquideas de El Salvador Vol 3 Hamer 1981 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 7 1982 drawing fide; ; Minature Orchids Northen 1980; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum plate 609 Hamer 1982 drawing fide; Orchids of Guatemala and Belize Ames & Correll 1985; AOS Bulletin Vol 56 No 6 1987 photo fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Simon & Schuster's Guide to Orchids Fanfani & Rossi 1988; The Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb, Laurent 1992 photo fide; Miniature Orchids McQueen 1992; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Cattleya and Their Relatives Vol 5 Withner 1998 drawing/photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 5 & 6 Orchids Of Mexico Parts 2 & 3 Plate 529 Hagsater, Soto 2002 drawing fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 69 No 6 2004/5 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 74 No 3 2005 photo fide; Orchids of Mexico, Hagsater, Soto, Salazar etal 2005 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 72 No 2 2007 photo; AOS Bulletin vol 78 No 10 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 82 #10 2013 photo fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #11 2016 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #9 2017 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 83 #3 2019 photo fide;