Barbosella circinata Luer 1977 SUBGENUS Barbosella

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Curled Barbosella

Flower Size 3/4" [1.85 cm]

Found in Cocle and Chiriqui provinces of Panama in cloud forests at elevations around 1700 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, shortly repent epiphyte with ascending to erect, stout ramicauls enveloped by 1 to 2, thin tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, minutely subpustulate, narrowly elliptical, acute, narrowly cuneate below into the subpetiolate base leaves that blooms in the fall and winter on a slender, with a close bract below the middle, erect, 2 to 2.8" [5 to 7 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence and a thin, tubular, oblique, as long as the pedicel floral bract carrying a non-resupinate flower.

"Closely allied to B prorepens but the uppermost synsepal of B circinata is more deeply concave and acuminate. The unpaired sepal, petals and lip are no remarkably differnt." Luer 2000

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchds Pridgeon 1992; Orchidaceae Brasilienses Vol 2 Pabst - Dungs 1977; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XX Systematics of Jostia, Andinia, Barbosella, Barbrodia & Pleurothallis subgen Antilla, Effusia and Restrepioidia Luer 2000 drawing fide;