Common Name: Dorothy's Barkeria
Habitat: Barkeria dorotheae is native to the Mexican state of Jalisco. It grows on rocks, cacti, or small trees near the base. The habitat is warm and dry and the plants grow at low elevation (between sea level and 100 meters).
Plant Size: Miniature
Flower Size: 1 1/4 inches to 1 1/2 inches (3-3.5 cm)
Flower Description: Flowers of Barkeria dorotheae are lilac in color and the petals and sepals are reflexed. The reverse side of the flower segments is darker or more intense in color. The column is yellow with maroon spots. The lip is saddle-shaped and cupped. The plant blooms during the winter on a tall (80 cm), occasionally branched flower spike while the plant is deciduous. The flower stem should not be removed after flowering since it does have the ability to produce secondary bloom spikes.
Bloom Season: Late fall to winter.
Growing Temperature: Warm to Hot
Additional Information: Barkeria dorotheae was first discovered by Dorothy O'Flaherty while she was searching for an archeology site. Grow mounted on branches, tree fern or cork mounts, although it can be grown in a coarse growing media in a slatted basket. Water and fertilize during the growing season and provide a dry, bright winter rest. Resume watering when growth resumes in the spring. Provide high humidity and good air circulation.
This species is named after Dorothy O'Flaherty who was an American botanist.