Restrepia echo Luer & R.Escobar 1996

SUBGENUS Restrepia SECTION Pleurothallopsis Schltr. 1918

Photo by Alfonso Doucette Copyright © 2009, and His Flicker website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer

Full ShadeCoolSpring

Common Name Echo's Acronia [refers to the nymph Echo and the resemblance to Restrepia aristulifera and Restrepia muscifera]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations around 1800 to 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 9 thin, whitish, loose, compressed, densely spotted, more or less imbricating sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, thickly coriaceous, purple suffused beneath, ovate,a cute, broadly cuneate to rounded below and contrtacted into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a fascile of slender, successively single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the back of the leaf and has a thin, tubular, as long as the pedicel floral bract

"Similar to Restrepia muscifera but with short peduncelss that bear the flower against the back of the base of the leaf with the ovary acutely arcuate so the flower faces outward. The dorsal sepal is clavate, but the petals are barely minimally clubbed. Toward the base of the petals the margins are minutely and variously toothed. The margins are entire in most specimens of R muscifera examined, Th synsepal is obovate and diffusely covered in small spots. The lip is elliptical ad proportionally short, less than half the length of the synsepal in the natural position. the margins of both sides of the hypochile are minutely verrucose and rounded at he apex. The margins of both sides of the hypochile of R echo are minutely denticulate in addition to the pair of minute, hair-like processes that curves forward." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideología 20: 138 Luer & Escobar 1996 Photo/drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VIII Systematics of Restrepia Luer 1996 drawing/photo fide; Colombian Native Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide; Orquideas de la Serrania del Baudo Misas Urreta 2006 drawing/photo fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007