Barkeria melanocaulon


Cattleyas - Laeliinae 
Flowering Size 
R 145,00 

ORIGIN/HABITAT: Mexico. Plants grow on trees and rocks in the mountains of central Oaxaca east of the city of Oaxaca at 5250-1600-1700 m-- Source: Charles Baker

There are 16 to 18, small to medium sized epiphytes or lithophytes in this Central American genus that grow in warm to cool conditions, and need a bright rest in winter as they drop their leaves. Watering and fertilizer should be resumed after the new growth appears in the spring. This genus is characterized by having thick roots, with slender, cane-like, fusiform to cylindrical pseudobulbs enveloped by scarious leaf sheaths carrying alternate, linear-lanceolate to broadly ovate, articulated, sessile, soft textured, deciduous leaves and blooms on a terminal, racemose, few to many flowered inflorescence. Best grown mounted on wood branches or tree fern slabs, given a well ventilated and airy space, brightly lit, with high humidity and lots of fertilizer while growing and a definitive rest through the winter months only to resume with the onset of new growth in the spring. 

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