(pronounced: bar-KAYR-ee-ah)


Epidendreae subtribe Laeliinae

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Epiphytes or lithophytes with coarse roots. Loosely caespitose or somewhat creeping by the production of new growths from nodes above the basal node on the stem. Pseudobulbs erect, terete to narrowly cigar-shaped, leafy. Leaves alternate, distichous, deciduous. Inflorescences terminal, pedunculate, racemes or panicles. Flowers nodding, somewhat cupped. Sepals and petals free, spreading, subsimilar or with wider petals, the petals cuneate-clawed. Lip unlobed, convex to strongly convex, strongly appressed to the column at the base, with basal callus, sometimes with a minutely saccate base. Column fleshy, usually with large wings; pollinia 4, separating as two pairs on separate caudicles.


Honoring English horticulturist George Barker who imported and flowered the first Barkeria.


A genus of 14 species restricted to Mesoamerica with a center of diversity in Mexico.

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Epperson, J. V. 1963. A few notes about Epidendrum lindleyanum. Orchid Digest 27(9):407-411.

Halbinger, F. 1973. The genus Barkeria. Amer. Orchid Soc. Bull. 42(7):620-626.

Halbinger, F. 1973-1974. Monograph of the genus Barkeria. Orquídea (Mex.) 3(1-12): 13-20, 37-44, 77-83, 99-109, 131-137, 163-168, 195-199, 227-233, 265-271, 299-305, 38-382.

Halbinger, F. 1975. Barkeria schoemakeri, a new orchid from the state of Michoacán. Orquídea (Mex.) 4(10):296-297.

Halbinger, F. 1976. Barkeria dorotheae, sp. nov.: a new addition to the Mexican orchid flora. Orquídea (Mex.) 6(2):44-46.

Halbinger, F. 1977. Diagrammatic synthesis of the genus Barkeria (Orchidaceae). Brittonia 22:239-302.

Hunt, D. G. 1996. Barkeria ?strophinx, a natural hybrid between Barkeria naevosa and Barkeria palmeri. Orchid Digest 60(4):181.

Salazar, G. and J. Arguijo 1993. Notas sobre Barkeria obovata (Orchidaceae: Laeliinae) en Veracruz. Orquídea (Mex.) 13(1-2):195-200.

Soto Arenas, M. A. 1993. Barkeria melanocaulon y Barkeria whartoniana. Orquídea (Mex.) 13(1-2):233-244.

Soto Arenas, M. A. 1993. Barkeria fritz-halbingeriana. Orquídea (Mex.) 13(1-2):245-248.

Thien, L. B. 1973. Barkeria halbingeri, a new species of orchid from Oaxaca, Mexico. Amer. Orchid Soc. Bull. 42(5):421-422.

Thien, L. B. and R. L. Dressler 1970. Taxonomy of Barkeria (Orchidaceae). Brittonia 22(4):289-302.