Restrepia escobariana Luer 1996 Restrepia SUBGENUS Restrepia SECTION Restrepia

Photo by Colin Howe

Another Flower

TYPE Drawing

Photo/TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website


Common Name Escobar's Restrepia [Colombian Orchid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Risaralda department of Colombia at elevations around 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with an erect ramicaul enveloped by 5 to 7, whitish, thin, loose, compressed, more or less imbricating sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, subconduplicate, narrowly elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the twisted petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later spring on a behind the leaf, in a fascile, 1.2 to 1.4" [3 to 4 cm] long, successively single flowered inflorescence with a thin, tubular, as long as to shorter than the ovary floral bract.

Very similar to Restrepia elegans but can be easily distinguished by the plant of R escobariana which is small and densely caespitose. The leaves are erect, thickly coriaceous, rigid, narrowly elliptical acute and slightly subconduplicate. The peduncles bear small flowers beyond the tips of the leaves. The synsepal is yellow and spotted in rows below the middle with purple-brown. The petals are free of marginal processes. The lip is oblong with the epichile slightly convex and broader than the hypochile." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VIII Systematics of Restrepia Luer 1996 drawing fide;