Monday, April 11, 2011

Barkeria spectabilis 'Bob Hoffman'

Barkeria spectabilis 'Bob Hoffman' - Flower photo by Richard LindbergI'm not sure that this Barkeria spectabilis is the plant in my collection I have had longest but it certainly one of the most interesting. I got it when Marni Turkel spoke at the Napa Valley Orchid Society meeting in 2004. She provided a raffle table full of orchids I had never seen before.

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

It has had a rough time of it, first indoors then in the greenhouse. I have moved it around looking for the right spot. I thought I had killed it a couple of times but it has always come back in spring. Not well, but enough to keep me trying.

It has come through the winter looking the best it has ever looked. There is a new growth starting, possibly more than one, and plenty of healthy roots.

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