Barkeria archilarum Chiron
The Archila Family Barkeria
An epiphytic herb growing to 50 cm. in height. Roots: No description given. Stems: No description given. Leaves: oblong with acute tips. Inflorescence: the plants are generally unifloral and will produce only one fully-developed flower on a 50 cm peduncle, but in the rare event that the plant manages to produce more than one flower bud, the more basal bud will generally spontaneously abort. Flowers: flowers are purple with white and dark-purple spots; dorsal sepal is elliptic-lanceolate, acuminate; lateral sepals are obliquely lanceolate, acuminate; and petals are obliquely lanceolate-elliptic, acuminate. The lip base is truncate and sub-sagittate in outline with a rounded apex. The disc of the lip has five parallel keels, two of which are covered completely by the apressed column while the other three extend past the column. The central keel is the longest and it almost reaches the lip apex. The column is oblong-oblanceolate with two conspicuous notches or teeth at the apex.