Barbosella prorepens (Rchb. f.) Schltr. 1918 SUBGENUS Barbosella

Plant and Flowers

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Another Flower

Photo by Kew cult. 2002-1291 (8 November 2016) ID:1121230 © RBG Kew Creative Commons License

Plant and Flower in situ Costa Rica

Photo courtesy of Wilfried Löderbusch


Another Drawing

Another Drawing

Drawings by © Carl Luer

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Common Name The Scrambling Barbosella

Flower Size 5/8" [1.5 cm]

Found from Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Leeward Islands, Jamaica, Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Brazil in wet montane cloud forests as an miniature sized, warm to cold growing, shortly repent to caespitose epiphyte at altitudes of 800 to 2500 meters with a short ramicaul carrying a single coriaceous, elongate, semi-terete leaf and blooms in the spring and late fall on an erect, 4.8" [12 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a thin, tubular, enveloping the pedicel floral bract with the flowers held above the leaves.

"Typically B prorepens is small with leaves less than 2" [5 cm] long, and peduncles shorter than or up to twicew as long as the leaves. The flower color is usually pale yellow but purple forms occur. The sepals are less than .8" [2 cm] long. B prorepens is a small vegetative form of B cucullata and intermediate forms are known as B dolichorhiza." Luer 2000

Synonyms Barbosella brenesii Schltr. 1923; Barbosella caespitifica (F. Lehm. & Kraenzl.) Schltr. 1974; Barbosella dussii (Cogn.) Dod 1986; Barbosella monstrabilis (Ames) Garay 1974; Barbosella tolimensis (Kraenzl.) Garay 1974; Pleurothallis dussii Cogn 1909; Pleurothallis monstrabilis Ames 1923; Pleurothallis prorepens (Rchb. f.) Ames, C.E. Hubb. & C. Schweinf. 1934; Restrepia caespitifica F. Lehm. & Kraenzl.1928; *Restrepia prorepens Rchb. f. 1877; Restrepia tolimensis Kraenzl. 1928

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR;"> Gard. Chron., n.s., 7(183): 810 Rchb.f 1877 as Restrepia prorepens; Xenia Orchidaceae Vol 3 Reichenbach 1878 as Restrepia prorepens drawing; Symbolae Antillanae Vol VI Orchidaceae Urban 1909 as Pleurothallis dussii; Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 15(427/433): 263 Schlechter 1918; Schedul. Orchid. 6: 63 Ames 1923 as Pleurothallis monstrabilis; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 201. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as B brenesii; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 202. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 290. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as B brenesii; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 290. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923; Flore Descriptive des Antilles Francaises H. Stehle 1939 as P dussii; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1959 as B cucllata not = B prorepens drawing fide; AOS Bulletin VOl 30 #1 1961 photo fide; Flora of the Lesser Antilles Garay & Sweet 1974 as Pleurothallis dussii; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Dunsterville and Garay 1979 as Barbosella cucullata not = B prorepens drawing fide, Miniature Orchids Northern 1980; AOS Bulletin Vol 30 No 1 1961 photo; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 360 Dodson 1980 drawing ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 607 Hamer & Dodson 1982 drawing ok; Moscosoa 4: 192 Dod 1986; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1303 Atwood 1989 drawing ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II Orchids of Peru Plate 0009 Dodson & Bennett 1989 drawing ok; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 1 COS 1990 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XX Systematics of Jostia, Andinia, Barbosella, Barbrodia & Pleurothallis subgen Antilla, Effusia and Restrepioidia Luer 2000 drawing fide; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Native Ecuadorian Orchids vol 1 Dodson 1993 drawing/photo fide; Las Orquedias De Tachira Fernandez 2003 photo fide; Orchids of Bolivia Vasquez & Ibisch 2000; Icones Orchidacearum 5 & 6 Orchids Of Mexico Parts 2 & 3 Plate 525 Hagsater, Soto 2002 drawing fide; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photos fide; Orquideologia Vol 25 #2 2008 as B repens photo fide; Orquideeologia Vol 26 No 1 2009 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko Bermudez 2009 photo; Orquideologia Vol 29 #1 2012 photo fide; A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species Parsons & Gerritsen 2013 photos fide; Orchids of Tropical America an introduction and guide Meisel 2014 photos fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 as B caespitifica photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo fide fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 photo fide; Lankesteriana 19(1). 31-55 2019 photo fide; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 photo fide