Restrepia falkenbergii Rchb. f. 1880 Restrepia SUBGENUS Restrepia SECTION Restrepia

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Another Flower

Photo by Eric Hunt, plant grown by Hanging Gardens

TYPE Sheet

TYPE Sheet by Reichenbach f


Drawing by Carl Luer

Common Name Falkenberg's Restrepia [German Collector Discoverer of species 1800's]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Antioquia department of Colombia in the central cordillera at elevations around 1000 to 2000 meters as a medium sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect, stout ramicauls enveolped basally by 8 to 12, whitish, loose, compressed, oblique, imbricating, intensely spotted purple brown on lower sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, purple suffused beneath, ovate, acute to subacute, cuneate base and contracted into the twisted petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring and fall on a slender, erect, held in a fascile, arising on the back of the leaf, 1.6" to 2.4" [4 to 6 cm] long, successively single flowered inflorescence withj a thin, tubular, shorter than the ovary floral bract.

"Vegetatively the largest of the genus. The flower is medium sized witha smooth, narrow-waisted, violin-shaped lip. The petals are filiform above the middle without clavate apices. The yellow, brown striped synsepal is very similar to that of the verrucose lipped Restrepia brachypus but R falkenbergii is glabrous and pandurate.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1992 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VIII Systematics of Restrepia Luer 1996 drawing/photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 66 No 5 2001 photo; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide; Of Men and Orchids Part 1 Jenny 2015 photo drawing/fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 87 #1 2018 photo fide;