Barbosella geminata Luer 1980 SUBGENUS Barbosella

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer

Full shadeCoolTo ColdWinterSpringSummerFall

Common Name The Twin-Like Barbosella

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in San Jose, Cartago and Heredia provinces of Costa Rica in wet montane forests at elevations of 1600 to 2700 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold, scandent growing epiphyte with an elongate, wiry rhizome giving rise to secondary, erect ramicauls enveloped by 2 hyaline sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, fleshy, narrowly linear-oblanceolate, acute leaf that blooms at most any time of the year on an erect, provided with one acute bract below the middle 1.6 to 2.2" [4 to 5.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a thin, oblique, tubular, enveloping the pedicel floral bract.

"The rhizomes produce a pair of leaves at intervals of 1.2 to 2.4" [3 to 6 cm] long, along a branching rhizome that may reach 40" [1 meter] in length. tThe small flowers are very similar to B prorepens but the dorsal sepal and petals are not as fleshy and terete above the middle." Luer 2000


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Phytologia 46(6): 345. 1980.; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1302 Atwood 1989 drawing ok; Schlechteriana Vol 2 No 4 1991 as B sp Photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XX Systematics of Jostia, Andinia, Barbosella, Barbrodia & Pleurothallis subgen Antilla, Effusia and Restrepioidia Luer 2000 drawing fide; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 2 Morales 2009 photo fide;