Barbosella australis (Cogn.) Schltr. 1918

Side View Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt

Lip and Column Detail Photo by Luiz Filipe Varela and his Flicker website


Common Name The Southern Barbosella

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in southern Brazil at elevations around 1500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing, creeping epiphyte with a creeping, branching rhizome giving rise to ascending, cylindrical ramicauls enveloped by sheaths and carrying a single, apical, suberect, elliptic-oblong, often suffused with purple, acute, conduplicate below into the sessile base leaf blooms in the summeron a .6 to 1.4" [1.5 to 3.5 cm] long, erect, terete, slender, single flowered stalk arising from the papery bract at the basal leaf whorl. It holds the single flower well above the leaves.

Synonyms Barbosella australis var. genuina Hoehne 1947; Barbosella australis var. latipetala Hoehne 1947; Barbosella australis var. loefgrenii (Cogn.) Hoehne 1947; Barbosella loefgrenii (Cogn.) Schltr. 1918; *Restrepia australis Cogn. 1906; Restrepia loefgrenii Cogn. 1906

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen 3 Auflage Bd 1 Sonderabdruck aus Schlechter Lieferung 7 385 - 448 Brieger, Maatsch and Senghas 1975; Orchidaceae Brasilense Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Miniature Orchids Northern 1988; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchds Pridgeon 1992; Orchidaceae Brasilienses Vol 2 Pabst - Dungs 1977; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XX Luer 2000 drawing fide; Compendium of Miniature Orchid Species Parsons & Gerritsen 2013 photo fide