Restrepia jesupiana Luer 1996 Restrepia SUBGENUS Restrepia SECTION Restrepia

Plant and Flowers

Photos by Eric Hunt

Flower Closeup

Photo courtesy of Lourens Grobler

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name Jesup's Restrepia [Ann Jesup, American Orchid Enthusiast who maintained this species for many years current]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in western Venezuela at elevations of 2300 to 2800 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 6 white, loose, compressed, unspotted, somewhat imbricating sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute to subacute, cuneate base and contracted into a twisted petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late winter and spring on a slender, [3 to 5 cm] long, successively single flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf and held in a fascile and carrying athin, tubular, shorter than the ovary floral bract.

"Characterized by the medium sized habit and large flowers with a yellow, relatively narrow synsepal that is faintly dotted or lined with purple basally or up to near the middle. The lip is large and oblong, reminescent of the lip of Restrepia guttulata

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 4 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 as R erythoxantha drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1969 as R erythroxantha drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela A Field Guide Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as R erythroxantha drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VIII Systematics of Restrepia Luer 1996 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide;