Barbosella portillae Luer 2002

Photo by Ecuagenera and their Ecuador Orchid Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full shade WarmSpring

Common Name or Meaning Portilla's Barbosella [Ecuadorian Orchid Nurseryman Current]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Morona-Santiago province of Ecuador at elevations around 1000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect, short ramicauls enveloped by 2 thin, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriacaeous, linear-obovate, obtuse, gradually narrowing below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an erect, slender, 3" [7.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a thin, tubular, enveloping the pedicel floral bract.

As the flower ages it will have the totally free sepals begin to pull away from each other to almost a 180 degree angle. This feature is unique to this species, any other Barbosella species that have divergent sepals with age have the sepals still attached for part of their margin.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV A First Century of New Species of Stelis of Ecuador Part 1 Luer 2002 Drawing fide;