!Notylia barkeri Lindley 1838

Close up of inflorescence

Flower Closeup

Photos by © Jay Pfahl


Common Name Barker's Notylia [English Orchid Colletor in Mexico 1800's]

Flower Size 1/4" [.8 cm]

Found from southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and Honduras on trees and shrubs in dense, humid forests as well as swamps and coffee ranches at altitudes below 1600 meters as a miniature sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with clustered, ellipsoid, compressed pseudobulbs that are basally enveloped by non-foliaceous, scarious sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, erect or spreading, oblong-ligulate to broadly elliptic, obliquely tridentate at the rounded or subacute apically leaf that blooms in the spring on an axillary, pendulous, racemose or rarely paniculate, to 12" [30 cm] long, laxly many flowered inflorescence with scarious bracts carrying slightly fragrant flowers and does well mounted on wood or tree fern.

It requires hot to cool conditions, partial shade and should have even year-round humid conditions. There has been talk of splitting this species into two distinct species [Notylia trisepala and Notylia tridachne] on the basis of the lateral sepals being free [as in the case of Notylia trisepala] or being joined [as in the case of Notylia orbicularis].

Synonyms Notylia albida Klotsch 1851; Notylia bernoullii Schlechter 1918; Notylia bipartita Rchb.f 1854; Notylia brenesii Schlechter 1923; Notylia guatemalensis Schlechter 1918; Notylia multiflora Hooker 1825; Notylia tamaulipensis Rchb.f 1860;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854 as N bipartita; Xenia Orchidaceae Rchb.f 1854 as N multiflora; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1856 as N multiflora; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 249. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as N brenesi; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 6 1958; AOS Bulletin Vol 28 No 8 1959 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 30 No 9 1961; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Orchidaceae Brasilense Band 2 Pabst & Dungs 1877 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 5 1979; Orquídea (Mexico City), n.s., 7[3]: 1979; AOS Bulletin Vol 51 No 11 1982 drawing fide; Flora Novo-Galaciana Vol 16 McVaugh 1985; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Colombian Native Orchids Vol 3 COS 1991 as N albida; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 32 1977 - 2056 Brieger 1996 drawing hmm/photo ok; Guatemala Y Sus Orquideas Behar & Tinschert 1998 photo fide; Harvard Pap. Bot. 5 #2: Carnevali etal. 2001; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 as N brenesii; Algunas Orquideas de Oaxaca Suarez 2004 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 75 No 8 2006 photo fide; Orchid Species Culture: Oncidium, Bakers 2006; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 81 #1 2012 photo fide; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo good; Algunas Orquideas de Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 2013 photo fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 photo fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 2 Lacaena to Pteroglossa Pupulin 2020 as N brenesii photo fide