Restrepia aberrans Luer 1996 SUBGENUS Ecmeles Luer 1996 TYPE for the SUBGENUS

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer

Full ShadeHotSpring

Common Name The Aberrant Restrepia [refers to the flowers having features that are in no other in the genus]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Costa Rica and Bocas del Toro province of Panama at elevations around 350 to 750 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 5 to 6 thin, whitish, loose, oblique, acute, compressed, more or less imbricating sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, subacute, cuneate to rounded below and contracted into the twisted, petiolate base leaf that blooms in spring on a slender, 1 to 1.2" [2.5 to 3 cm] long, in a fascicle, successively single flowered inflorescence with a thin, tubular, as long as the ovary floral bract.

"The pale yellow floral parts barely open, frequently not at all before the ovary begins to enlarge. The dorsal sepal is narrowly linear and semiterete towards the apex and not at all clavate. The lateral sepals are narrowly oblong, free and parellel. The slender petals are only barely thickened towards the apex. The lip is trilobed with erect, oblique, obtuse lobes just below the middle. Adjacent to them on the disc, the usual pair of calli are developed into acute, erect lamellae. The apical lobe is obtuse with three low, adjacent calli. The base is similar to that of other species of Restrepia except that the neck connecting the lip to the pedestal-like column-foot is unusually short and thick." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideología 20(2): 117, f. Luer 1996 Drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VIII Systematics of Restrepia Luer 1996 drawing good; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42-43 pg 2624 - 2756 Brieger 2001; Lankesteriana 12[3]: 329 Karremans and Bogarin 2014 photo/drawing fide