Barbosella crassifolia (Edwall) Schltr. 1918 SUBGENUS Barbosella

Plant and Flowers

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Drawing by Carl Luer

Full shadeWarmCoolLATEWinterand EARLIER spring

Common Name The Thick Leafed Barbosella

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Bahia, Minas Gerais, Sao Paulo and Rio Grande do Sul states of eastern and southern Brazil in dense primary forests at elevations of 950 to 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing, mat forming, long-repent epiphyte with ascending ramicauls enveloped by a thin, tubular sheath and carrying a single, apical, prostrate, thickly coriaceous, suborbicular to elliptical, entire apically, obtuse to rounded, rounded and contracted below into the nearly absent petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and early spring on a slender, with a minute bract below the middle, erect, .6 to .92" [1.5 to 2.8 cm] long, single flowered inflorscence and an oblique, as long as the pedicel floral bract.

"The flower as lareg as the leaf when it is suborbicular, is held high above the foliage by a hailike peduncle. The petals are longer than the sepals. The lip is three lobed, the oblique lateral lobes standing erect near the middle. The disc is smooth, except for a low pair of converging calli above the base." Luer 2000

Synonyms Barbosella crassifolia var. aristata Hoehne 1947; Barbosella crassifolia var. genuina Hoehne 1947; Barbosella crassifolia var. hamburgensis (Kraenzl.) Garay 1953; Barbosella crassifolia var. minor Hoehne 1947; Barbosella hamburgensis (Kraenzl.) Hoehne 1947; Pleurothallis hamburgensis Kraenzl. 1911; Restrepia crassifolia Edwall 1903

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Brasilense Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XX Systematics of Jostia, Andinia, Barbosella, Barbrodia & Pleurothallis subgen Antilla, Effusia and Restrepioidia Luer 2000 drawing fide;