Barbosella spiritu-sanctensis (Pabst) F.Barros & Toscano 1990SUBGENUS Barbosella

Photo by Guy Chiron and the The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


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

Deep shade Warm Cool LATERSummer

Common Name The Espirito Santo Barbosella [A state of eastern Brazil]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Espirito Santo state of Brazil in humid forests at elevations around 1000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing, long-repent epiphyte with a slender, elongated, occasionally branching rhizome giving rise to an ascending ramicaul enveloped by a thin tubular sheath and carrying a single, prostrate, thickly coriaceous, suborbicular to elliptical, apex entire, obtuse to rounded, rounded and contracted below into the nearly absent petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later summer on a slender, with a minute bract below the middle, erect, .6 to .75" [1.5 to 1.8 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence and an oblique floral bract that envelops the pedicel.

"Characterized by the tiny habit, the minute creeping rhizome, the tiny round leaves a longer hair-like peduncle, membraneous epals and petals anda broadly trilobed lip, the concave base articulated with the slightly bulbous, free tip of the column-foot. The anther contains 4 equal sized pollina. Colsely allied to B crassifolia but differs in the shorter, broader lateral lobes of the lip and the presence of a pair of low, longitudinal, central calli." Luer 2000

Synonyms *Pleurothallis spiritu-sanctensis Pabst 1975

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Brasilense Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 as Pleurothallis espiritosantensis drawing fide; Miniature Orchids Northen 1980 as Pleurothallis spiritusantensis; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XX Systematics of Jostia, Andinia, Barbosella, Barbrodia & Pleurothallis subgen Antilla, Effusia and Restrepioidia Luer 2000 drawing fide; Orchidees du Bresil As Orquideas da Serra Do Castelo Espirito Santo Brazil Vol 2 Chiron & Bolsanello 2013 drawing/photo fide;