365 days of orchids – day 12 – Barkeria skinneri
Hello my name is Edward. This is me in Warm America holding Barkeria skinneri in full flower. My research shows that this plant comes from Mexico and grows on oak trees in tropical and deciduous rain forests.
In this close up you can see the white area on the lip, this is were the butterfly lands to pollenate the flower. In the greenhouse Barkeria skinneri grows on a large piece of cork bark so that its roots hang out in the air. It grows its new shoots in the summer and flowers during the winter.