Barbosella trilobata Pabst 1956 SUBGENUS Cardinella

Photo by J & L Orchids Website


Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name The Three Lobed Barbosella [refers to the shape of the lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Parana and Rio de Janiero states of Brazil in wet montane forests at elevations around 1000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cool growing, long-repent epiphyte with ascending ramicauls enveloped by 1 to 2, thin, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, suberect, thickly coricaeous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, erect, .6 to .68" [1.5 to 1.7 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a bract below the middle and an oblique, acute, enveloping the pedicel floral bract.

"Characterized by a tiny creeping rhizome, minute leaves, a longer, hairlike peduncle, membraneous sepals and petals and a broadly trilobed lip. The lip is simply hinged tothe tip of the column foot without the typical ball and socket articulation. A tall thick pair of adjacent, parallel calli begin a the base and course forward." Luer 2000

Synonyms Restrepiopsis trilobata (Pabst) Luer 1981

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Brasilense Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XX Systematics of Jostia, Andinia, Barbosella, Barbrodia & Pleurothallis subgen Antilla, Effusia and Restrepioidia Luer 2000 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42-43 pg 2624 - 2756 Brieger 2001 ;