Restrepia chrysoglossa Luer & R.Escobar 1996 SUBGENUS Restrepia SECTION Pleurothallopsis Schltr. 1918

Photo by © Colin Howe

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer


Common Name The Yellow Tongued Restrepia

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Valle de Cauca department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 2100 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 8 to 10, thin, loose, compressed, oblique, imbricating, distichous sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, acute to subacute, rounded below and contracted intothe petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, erect, 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long, fascile of single successive flowers arising on the back of the leaf and has a thin, tubular, shorter than the ovary floral bract.

"Superficially similar to Restrepia flosculata but it has short peduncles that carry the flower on the back of the base of leaf. The peduncle of R chrysoglossa is longer and flexible and bears the flower away from the leaf. Distinguished as well by the typically unmarked synsepal and the glabrous, yellow orange and unspotted lip that is broadly ovate with the hypochile obscure and with microscopic processes and thickened towards the obtuse apex." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideología 20: 123 Luer & Escobar 1996 Photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VIII Systematics of Restrepia Luer 1996 ; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 # 7 2017 photo fide;