Restrepia iris Luer 1980 Restrepia SUBGENUS Restrepia SECTION Restrepia

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Flower closeup

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TYPE Drawing

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Common Name The Rainbow Restrepia

Flower Size .4" [2 cm]

FOund in Zamora-Chinchipe province of Ecuador in cloud forest at elevations of 1400 to 2500 meters, miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect, ramicauls enveloped basally by 5 to 6 , thin, pale, unspotted, loose, compressed, somewhat imbricating sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, purple suffused beneath, elliptical-ovate, subacute, broadly cuneate below and contracted into the twisted petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a slender, arising on the back of the leaf, in a fascile, 1.2 to 1.4" [3 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 most in the conspicuous, dark purple stripes of the synsepal that break up into dots towards the apex and the proportionally small, .2 to .24" [5 to 6 mm] long, broadly oblong, essentially glabrous lip

Synonyms Restrepia pulchella H. Mohr 1993

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ;

* Phytologia 46: 383 Luer 1980;

Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VIII Systematics of Restrepia Luer 1996 drawing/photo fide;

Australian Orchid Review Vol 66 No 5 2001 photo;

Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing fide;

Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide;