Restrepia chocoensis Garay 1973 SUBGENUS Pachymeles (Garay) Luer TYPE for the SUBGENUS

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Common Name The Choco' Restrepia [A Department in the NW of Colombia]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in the departments of Choco' and Antioquia Colombia in subparamo at elevations of 1800 to 2000 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveloped basally by 4 to 5, white, tubular, imbricating, dotted with black or dark purple sheaths and carrying a single, apical erect, thickly coriaceous, rigid, narrowly linear-ovate, acute, conduplicate to sulcate, epetiolate [continuous with the ramicaul] base leaf that blooms in the spring and fall on an erect peduncle 1 to 1.2" [2.5 to 3 cm] long, arising from near the apex of the ramicaul, successively single flowered, held in a fascile, inflorescence and carrying a spotted with purple, thin, tubular, as long to just shorter than the pedicel floral bract.

"Vegetatively R chocoensis is one of 2 species in the genus that deviates markedly from the usual pattern. The leaves are thickly fleshy, rigid, narrowly ovate, conduplicate ad sulcate without a petiole. The large flower is borne by a very short peduncle that bears the flower at the base of the leaf with the elongate lateral sepals extending downwards along the ramicaul. The sepals are diffusely spotted with purple, the laterals free above the middle with thickened upturned apices. The dorsal sepal is held horizontally or pointed forward. The petals are broad below the middle with large spots and attenuated above the middle. The lip is ovoid without a demarcation between the epichile and hypochile. The upper margins of the hypochile are minutely serrate. The epichile is verrucose and denticulate with the apex rounded." Luer 1996

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideología 8(3): 181 Garay 1973 photo fide AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 8 1984 photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1992 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VIII Systematics of Restrepia Luer 1996 drawing/photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 66 No 5 2001 photo; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42-43 pg 2624 - 2756 Brieger 2001; Australian Orchid Review Vol 69 No 4 2004 photo; Orquideologia Vol 25 #1 2007 photo fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 # 7 2017 photo fide;