Common Name: Barker's Barkeria
Habitat: Barkeria barkeriola is native to Mexico where it is found growing in the states of Colima, Jalisco, Myarit, and Sinaloa. It grows on trees or shrubs in habitats between 600 to 1000 meters in elevation.
Plant Size: Medium. The plant has several swollen, slender pseudobulbs. Four to five (4-5) leaves occur at the top of the pseudobulb and have a reddish margin and redish blotches on the underside of the leaf. The leaves of Barkeria barkeriola are deciduous and fall off prior to blooming.
Flower Size: 1 1/2 inches (2.5-3.5 cm)
Flower Description: The flower color of Barkeria barkeriola ranges from lavender to lilac. The flowers have narrow petals and sepals. There is purple veining under the collum on the white lip. The flowers bloom on a 27 cm long inflorescence. Up to ten (10) flower bloom on each spike on well-grown plants.
Bloom Season: Late Summer to Fall
Growing Temperature: Intermediate
Additional Information: Barkeria barkeriola is closely related to Barkeria uniflora but has smaller flowers and a distinct geographic distribution. This species was first described in the 1880's from a plant attached to a piece of driftwood that was floating down a stream.
Synonyms: Epidendrum barerkiola