!Restrepia antennifera Kunth 1816 Restrepia SUBGENUS Restrepia SECTION Restrepia

Photo by Jorge Mario Munera

Drawing of Colombian specimen

Drawing by Carl Luer

Drawing of Ecuadorian specimen

Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Antennae Carrying Restrepia

Flower Size 2"+ [5 cm+]

This is the type species for the genus

Found in Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru in andean forests on tree trunks at elevations of 1600 to 3500 meters as a small to just medium sized, cool to cold growing, tufted epiphyte with erect stems enveloped basally by 3 to 4 purple spotted, sheathing bracts and carrying a single, apical, erect or erect-spreading, ovate or elliptic, obtuse or rounded, coriaceous leaf that blooms in the later winter and early spring and again in the late summer and early fall on 1 to 4, axillary, terete, slender, glabrous, 1.2 to 3.2" [3 to 8 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence with a thin, tubular, shorter than the ovary floral bract and carrying a large [for the genus] flower.

"Characterized bythe large habit, oftern with proliferating ramicauls and with large flowrs, the sepals measuring well over 1.2" [3 cm] long, The immense sepals of ome clones can reach 2.4" [6 cm] long. The synsepal is elliptic, and boat-shaped, especially towards the base. The color is yellow and it is longitudinally striped in broan and red, but more or less confluent spots are present at the base. The petals vary from merely microscopically erose along the margins above the base to bearing a few capillary processes and inconstant marginal proceses. The lip is broadly oblongand truncate with an indistinct or absent isthmus between the hypochile and the epichile. The surface and margins of the epichile vary from essentially smooth to microscopically verrucose and serrulate. The hypochile is smooth and concave with the usual pair of delicate, uncinate appendages. Although R guttulata with the purple spotted synsepals appears distinctly different from R antennifera, there is little difference other than color. The margins and surface of the blade of the lip of R guttulata varies from microscopically to distinctly denticulate and verrucose." LUer 1996

Synonyms Pleurothallis ospinae R.E.Schult. 1957; Restrepia antennifera subsp. hemsleyana (Schltr.) H. Mohr 1996; Restrepia antennifera subsp. klabochorum H.Mohr 1994; Restrepia antennifera var. maculata R.Escobar 1992; Restrepia antennifera var. puntillosa R.Escobar 1992; Restrepia antennifera var. roseola R.Escobar 1992; Restrepia hemsleyana Schltr. 1920;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Atlas des Orchidees Cultivees Constantin 1920 drawing not; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as Pleurothallis ospinae drawing ok; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 4 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 drawing not = R brachypus; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 5 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 as R hemsleyana drawing good; AOS Bulletin Vol 37 # 6 1968; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970; Orquideologia Vol 12 No 1 1977; Orquideologia Vol 12 3/4 1977/8; AOS Bulletin Vol 47 No 7 1978 as R hemsleyana photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela A Field Guide Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing not = R brachypus;

Selbyana 7: 126 Luer 1982; Orchids from The Coast Of Ecuador Arosemana, Jurado, Estrada and Konanz 1988 photo ok; Schlechteriana Vol 2 No 2 1991; Schlechteriana Vol 2 No 2 1991 as R hemsleyana; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Series II plate 0291 Dodson & Vasquez 1989 drawing ok; Schlechteriana Vol 2 No 2 1991; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1992 photo #551 fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1992 as R hemsleyana = R guttulata photo not; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992; AOS Bulletin No 63 No 9 1994 drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VIII Systematics of Restrepia Luer 1996 drawing/photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 errata photo #560 = guttulata; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing good; Oasis Vol 1 No 1 2000; Orchid Australia Vol 13 No 2 2001 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 66 No 5 2001 photo; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42-43 pg 2624 - 2756 Brieger 2001; AOS Bulletin Vol 72 No 11 2003 photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing/photo ok; Orquideologia Vol 25 #1 2007 photo fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Orchid Species Of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; An Illustrated Field Guide to the Orchids of the Yotoco Forest Reserve Colombia Kolanowska, Escobar, Sanchez & Szlachetko 2011 drawing/photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #2 2016 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 85 #3 2016 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 83 #1 2019 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #8 2019 photo fide;