Restrepia cloesii Luer 1996 SUBGENUS Restrepia SECTION Restrepia Photo courtesy of Rod Rice and Oasis the Journal

Common Name Cloes Restrepia [Belgian Discoverer of Species current]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Here we have a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphytic species very similar to R. brachypus or superficially a small form of R. falkenbergii Rchb.f. This extremely rare species is known to only occur in western Peru, and was only discovered in 1993 and named by Dr Luer in 1996.

Its yellow blooms with brown maroon stripes, are normally quite a bit smaller than R. brachypus only reaching 20mm long. Where as the blooms on R. brachypus reach between 22-37mm long. R. cloesii can be easily separated from R. brachypus by its slim, pandurate lip and smaller flowers. Text by Rod Rice

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIII Systematics of Restrepia Luer 1996 drawing ok; Oasis Vol 1 No 1 2000 photo

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