Friday, June 12, 2009

Barkeria spectabilis

Barkeria spectabilis 'Bob Hoffman' - Photo by Richard LindbergThe genus Barkeria (Bark) contains fewer than 20 species growing in Central America. All need a bright and dry winter rest.

Barkeria spectabilis grows in Southern Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador on oak trees above 4000 feet. It is cool to warm growing, needs bright light with even brighter in winter and blooms in spring.

After seeing the spendid specimen a month ago, I moved the plant up to warmer, brighter, wetter place. The result was best blooming ever. It is going to stay right there for a year because it seems to like the location.

The flower picture is brand new. The former picture is of the first flower that was produced five years ago, a single flower. I feel like I have a new insight into how this plant grows, but I am not congratulating myself too much just yet.

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