Barkeria skinneri (Bateman ex Lindl.) A. Rich. & Galeotti 1844

Photo by Allen Black.

Street Vendor In Antigua Guatemala

Photo by Patricia Harding.

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Common Name Skinner's Barkeria [English Plant collector 1800's]

Flower Size 1 1/2" [2 to 4 cm]

Found in Chiapas state of Mexico and northwestern Guatemala as a slender, medium sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte and lithophyte on rocks at elevations of 900 to 1900 meters occurring mostly on oak trees in tropical to deciduous rainforests with clustered, fusiform-cylindric stems subtended by several scarious leaf sheaths and carrying several, elliptic or elliptic-lanceolate, acute to acuminate, distichous, fleshy leaves and blooms in the fall to mid-winter on an erect, terminal, to 12" [30 cm] long, racemose to paniculate, few to many flowered, long-lived inflorescence enveloped by long, imbricate, scarious sheaths.

Synonyms Barkeria skinneri var major Paxton 1849; Dothiolophis purpurea Raf. 1838; Epidendrum fuschii Regel 1850; *Epidendrum skinneri Bateman ex Lindl. 1836; Epidendrum skinneri var superbum Warner 1862-4

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856; as Epidendrum skinneri; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as Epidendrum skinneri drawing fide; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936 as Epidendrum skinneri; Ceiba Vol 5 No 1 L O Williams 1956 as Epidendrum skineri; AOS Bulletin Vol 31` No 3 1962; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Epidendrum skinneri; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 9 513 - 576 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977; Orchd Digest Vol 44 No 2 1980 photo fide; Minature Orchids Northen 1980 photo good; Orchids of Guatemala and Belize Ames & Correll 1985 as Epidendrum skinneri; The Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb, Laurent 1992 photo fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glenn 2002; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Cattleya and Their Relatives Vol 5 Withner 1998 drawing/photo fide; Guatemala Y Sus Orquideas Behar & Tinschert 1998 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum 5 & 6 Orchids Of Mexico Parts 2 & 3 Plate 528 Hagsater, Soto 2002 drawing fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 69 No 6 2004/5 photo; Orchids of Mexico, Hagsater, Soto, Salazar etal 2005; Orchid Digest Vol 73 #2 2009 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 77 #2 2013 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 81 #9 2012 photo fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #9 2017 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 87 #1 2018 drawing not! = Epidendrum?; ; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 # 1 2019 photo fide;