Pleurothallis barberiana Rchb. f. 1881 SUBGENUS Specklinia SECTION Muscariae Luer 1986

Photo by Sebastain Viera Uribe

What has been known as P gongylodes Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

What has been known as P tsubotae

Photo by Lynn O'Shaughnessy

TYPE Drawing of P tsubotae

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Another Flower

Another Angle

Photos by The Ecuagenera Website


Common Name Barber's Pleurothallis

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia and Ecuador in scrub forests found at elevations of 1650 to 3000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2, thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly obovate, subacute, gradually narrowly cuneate below into the indistinct petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring and summer on an erect, loose, slender, 3.2 to 3.6" [8 to 9 cm] long peduncle, to 4 to 9.2" [10 to 23 cm] long overall, flexuous, flexible, gradually lengthening, successively single flowered inflorescence arising laterally from the ramicaul and holding the flower well above the leaves.

CAUTION!!! Kew still has this one as a synonym of P aristata but Karremans and S Viera U in 2020 separated it and its synonyms [P gongylodes and P tsubotae]. The mini-miniature sized plant is easily distinguished from P aristata by the white-light ocher flower with fine dark purple blotches, Cypridia" like lip and the serrate petals.

Synonyms Humboldtia barberiana (Rchb.f.) Kuntze 1891; Humboltia barberiana (Rchb. f.) Kuntze 1891; Muscarella barberiana (Rchb.f.) Szlach. & Sawicka 2012; Muscarella gongylodes (Luer) Luer 2006; Muscarella tsubotae (Luer & R.Escobar) Luer 2006; Pleurothallis gongylodes Luer 1979; Pleurothallis tsubotae Luer & R.Escobar 1996; Specklinia gongylodes (Luer) Pridgeon & M.W.Chase 2001; Specklinia tsubotae (Luer & R.Escobar) Luer 2004; Verapazia barbaeriana (Rchb.f.) Chiron & Szlach. 2018

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol III Luer 1986 as P gongylodes; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 4 2001 as Specklina gongylodes; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 as Pleurothallis gongylodes photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Specklinia tsubotae; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Muscarella tsubotae drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVIII Luer 2006 as Muscarella gongylodes drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 77 No 9 2008 as Pleurothallis tsubotae photo fide; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 as Muscarella barberiana photo fide