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

Photo by © Rodrigo Escobar

Another flower

Photo by © Colin Howe

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer

Common Name The Hedgehog-Like Restrepia [refers to the bristly margins to the lip]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Norte de Santander department of Colombia and Junin department of Peru in cloud forests at elevations around 1100 to 1750 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 3 to 6, loose, compressed, more or less spotted, more or less imbricating sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, yellow-green, elliptical-ovate, subacute to obtuse, broadly cuneate then contracted below into the twisted petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an arching, arising from behind the leaf, 1 to 1.4" [2.5 to 3.5 cm] long, successively single flowered inflorescence with a thin, tubular, shorter than the ovary floral bract.

"Similar to Restrepia elegans but differs by the heavy spotting below the middle of the synsepal and the lip is subpandurate with the isthmus comparatively broad with the margins below the isthmus dilated into subacute angles. Most remarkable is the broad, thick, ovoid, fringed epichile that is echinate, more or less in three longitudinal rows. The blade of the lip of R elegans is only minutely denticualte-verrucose, often smooth tothe naked eye." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideología 20: 135. 1996 photo/drawing fide; ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VIII Systematics of Restrepia Luer 1996 drawing fide/photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1992 as R aspacicensium photo #557 = R echinata photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 errata = R echinata; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007