Barkeria scandens plate
Barkeria scandens plate from The Orchid Album

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Epidendreae
SubTribe: Laeliinae
Genus: Barkeria
Knowles & Westcott 1838
Type Species
Barkeria uniflora

Barkeria, abbreviated Bark in horticultural trade, is a genus comprising about 15 species


Plants in this genus are distributed from El Salvador, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, and Costa Rica in dry scrub areas.


These are deciduous orchids, which drop their leaves in early winter. They have thick roots and a cane like pseudobulb.


Plants are grown in cool to intermediate conditions with moderate to bright light. They are usually grown mounted on cork or bark with sphagnum moss. Plants should be watered regularly. Keep the plant in a media that can dry out pretty quickly. The plant can also take dryouts between waterings. Keep the plant in an area with good air circulation. Watering should be reduce during resting season from fall to winter.


The genus was first described by Knowles and Wescott in 1838 who named the genus after George Baker of Springfield, England who collected the plants from Mexico. Reichenbach added the genus Barkeria as a section of Epidendrum in 1892. But in 1936 Hubbard and Schweinfurth reunited the genus Barkeria with a section Epidendrum. The genus was then re-examined by Thien and Dressler in 1970 and it appeared that teh genus was more closely allied with Caulathron than Epidendrum.


The genus is named after Orchid enthusiast George Barker


  1. Dothilophis Raf. 1836[1838]
  2. Pachyphyllum Kunth 1816

Species Edit


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  • Halbinger, Fedrico, George C. Kennedy. "The Genus Barkeria." Orchid Digest Vol. 44-2 March April 1980: 56-62.