Barbosella schista Luer & R.Escobar 1983 SUBGENUS Barbosella

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer and the The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Deep shade Cold LATERSpring

Common Name The Cleft Barbosella [refers to the free lateral sepals]

Flower Size .12" [3 mm]

Found in Norte de Santander department of Colombia and northwestern Venezuela in cloud forests at elevations around 2750 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing, vine-like, long-repent-scandent epiphyte with a long-repent, scandent, stout, up to 1 meter in length, elongated, occasionally branching stem giving rise to an ascending, in pairs ramicauls enveloped by 1 to 2, thin, loose tubular sheaths and carrying a suberect, thickly coriaceous, linear-elliptical, subacute, gradually narrowing below into the subpetiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a slender, erect, .38 to .44" [.9 to 1.1 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a thin, oblique, tubular, enveloping the pedicel floral bracts that envelopes the pedicel

"Similar to B cucullata but smaller and with nearly free lateral sepals. The leaves are produced in pairs separated by an elongated rhizome as in the repent form of B cucullata, but the most distinguishing feature is the separation of the lateral sepals. The lip also differs inthe acute, bicallous apex." Luer 2000


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideología 16(1): 7. Luer & Escobar 1983 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XX Systematics of Jostia, Andinia, Barbosella, Barbrodia & Pleurothallis subgen Antilla, Effusia and Restrepioidia Luer 2000 drawing fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing fide