!Barkeria uniflora (La Llave & Lex.) Dressler & Halb. 1977 Photo by Allen Black

Barkeria elegans Photo by Lourens Grobler

Inflorescence Photo by Robert Weyman Bussey


Common Name The Single-Flowered Barkeria

Flower Size 2 3/4" [5.6 cm]

This small epiphyte from Nayarit, Jalisco, Michoacan, Mexico, Guerrero and Oaxaca states of Mexico occurs at elevations of 670 to 1300 meters on trees and shrubs along dry creekbeds as a miniature to large sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a very thin, 4 to 9 noded pseudobulb carrying 2 to 7, distichous, very fleshy, linear to lanceolate, acuminate to subacute, olive green lined with purple leaves and blooms in the fall and winter in cultivations and late spring in nature on an apical, racemose to paniculate, few flowered, each, 2 to 3 branched, to 2 to 20" [5 to 50 cm] long, several [1 to 20] successively 1 to 3 flowered inflorescence enveloped by a few bracts and has ovate, obtuse to acute, concave, brown, scarious floral bracts.

This is the type species for the genus.

Synonyms Barkeria elegans Knowles & Westcott 1838; Epidendrum elegans [Knowles & Westcott] Rchb.f 1862; *Pachyphyllum uniflorum La LLave & Lex. 1825

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as B elegans; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 as B elegans drawing fide; The Genus Epidendrum Ames 1936 as Epidendrum elegans; Ceiba Vol 5 No 1 L O Williams 1956 as Epidendrum elegans; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 10 1957 as B elegans drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 9 1958 as B elegans drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 31 No 3 1962 as B elegans; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 No 4 1964 as Epidendrum elegans photo fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Epidendrum elegans; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 9 513 - 576 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1977 as B elegans; Orchid Digest Vol 44 No 2 1980 photo fide; Minature Orchids Northen 1980 as Barkeria elegans; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1982 as Epidendrum elegans; Orchids of Guatemala and Belize Ames & Correll 1985 as Epidendrum elegans; Flora Novo-Galaciana Vol 16 Orchidaceae McVaugh 1985 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 56 No 6 1987 Photo fide; An Introdution to the orchids of Mexico Wiard 1987 as B elegans photo fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Illustrated Encyclopoedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1982 as Barkeria elegans; Orchid Digest Vol 57 No 4 1993 drawing fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1993 as Barkeria elegans; ; Orchid Digest VOl 59 No 4 1995; Cattleya and Their Relatives Vol 5 Withner 1998 drawing/photo fide; Algunas Orquideas de Oaxaca Suarez 2004 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 69 No 6 2004/5 photo; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 4 Epidendroideae Part 1 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase & Rasmussen 2005; Orchids of Mexico, Hagsater, Soto, Salazar etal 2005 photo fide; Icones Orchidacearum fascile 10 plate 1008 Hagsater & Soto 2008 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #11 2016 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #9 2017 photo fide;