Common Name: Spectacular Barkeria
Habitat: El Salvador, Guatemala, southern Mexico. Barkeria spectabilis grows on oak tree branches in its native habitat in drier areas. It is found growing between 1300 and 3500 meters in elevation. Occasionally, it grows on rocks as a lithophyte.
Plant Description: Small. Narrow, cylindrical pseudobulbs of Barkeria spectabilis have a few fleshy, deciduous leaves that turn yellow and fall during the winter dormant season. Plants have vigorous white roots.
Flower Size: 1 3/4 inches to 3 inches (4-8 cm)
Flower Description: Barkeria spectabilis flowers are variable and range from lilac to white. The lip has reddish markings. Flowers are large for the genus. The flowers do not have any noticeable fragrance. The flowers are short-lived but open in succession which provides a decent flower show for the grower. The flower stem is approximately 10 inches (25 cm) and originates from the top of a newly maturing pseudobulb.
Bloom Season: Summer
Temperature: Warm to Cool
Additional Information: Barkeria spectabilis grows best mounted on cork or a tree branch. Provide ample water and fertilizer during its period of active growth. Reduce watering when the leaves begin to yellow and water just enough during the dormant period (October to January) to keep the plant from completely dehydrating. Provide average to bright light, average humidity, and good air circulation.
Synonyms: Barkeria lindleyanan ssp. spectabile, Epidendrum spectabile