Barkeria spectabilis


Cattleyas - Laeliinae 
Flowering Size 
R 185,00 

Found in southern Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador .
It grows as a small sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte or lithophyte in dry areas on oak trees and bushes at elevations of 1300-3500 meters with fusiform-cylindrical, erect pseudobulbs carrying ovate to linear-lanceolate, subcoriaceous, acute to acuminate leaves. It flowers in the summer on a few to many flowered, apical, 10" [25 cm] long, racemose or paniculate inflorescence arising on a newly arising pseudobulb with short-lived non-fragrant flowers that open in succession.

It is a cool to cold growing orchid and likes to be mounted on wood branches with moderate shade and even watering while growing and a drier winter rest after leaf drop.

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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