Barbosella miersii (Lindl.) Schltr. 1918SUBGENUS Barbosella

Plant and Flowers Photos by Dalton Holland Baptista


Common Name Mier's Barbosella [English Botanist in Brazil 1800's]

Flower Size 1/8" [.3 cm]

Found in southeastern Brazil as a mini-miniature, creeping, mat forming, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a creeping rhizome giving rise to a short ramicaul enveloped by an acuminate sheath and carrying a single, ovoid, gradually narrowing below into the short petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a 1/2" [1.25 cm] long single flowered inflorescence that holds the flower well above the leaf.

Lindley originally did not cite a type for this genus, so Angley in 1969 proposed Barbosella miersii as the lectotype. Luer felt that B miersii was substantially different than the norm of Barbosella and actually moved it to a monotypic genus Barbrodia and assigned B gardneri as the lectotype but according to the ICBN reassignment of a lectotype to another genus was illegal. Therefore B miersii stays as the Lectotype.

Synonyms Barbrodria miersii (Lindl.) Luer 1981; Humboldtia miersii (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Humboltia miersii (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; *Pleurothallis miersii Lindl. 1842; Restrepia miersii (Lindl.) Rchb. f. 1866

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI Systematics of the Pleurothallidinae Vol 1 1986; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Orchidaceae Brasilienses Vol 2 Pabst - Dungs 1975 as Barbosella miersii drawing fide; Miniature Orchids McQueen 1992 as Barbosella miersii; Orchids of Brazil McQueen 1993 as Barbosella miersii; Orchids of the High Mountain Atlantic Rainforest in SE Brazil Warren & Miller 1994 as Barbosella miersii drawing hmm; Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol XX Luer 2000 as Barbrodia miersii; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42-43 pg 2624 - 2756 Brieger 2001 as Barbrodia miersii drawing fide; Genera Orchidacearum Vol 4 Epidendroideae Part 1 Pridgeon, Cribb, Chase & Rasmussen 2005; Orchidees du Bresil As Orquideas da Serra Do Castelo Espirito Santo Brazil Vol 2 Chiron & Bolsanello 2013 drawing/photo fide; A Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species Parsons & Gerritsen 2013 photo fide