Restrepia nittiorhyncha (Lindl.) Garay 1967 Restrepia SUBGENUS Restrepia SECTION Restrepia

Photo by Eric Hunt


Drawing by Carl Luer


Common Name The Duck Bill Restrepia [refers to the lip shape]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Venezuela and Norte de Santander department of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations of 1200 to 2900 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with slender, erect ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 6 imbricating, inflated acuminate sheaths carrying a single, apical, elliptical, leaf that is conduplicate into the apex of the ramicaul and blooms in the spring and fall on a 2" [5 cm] long, held in a fascile, ventral, successively single flowered inflorescence with a thin, tubular, as long as the ovary floral bract the flower just above the leaf.

"Can be confused with no other species. Distinguished by the medium sized habit with small yellow flowers borne by peduncels nearly as long as or as long as the leaf. THe yellow, thinly striped or spotted synsepal is deeply concave, but the apex sometimes decurves with age. The petals are broad in the lower third with a prominent process on each margin. The small, very distinctive lip is broadly ovate with the epichile constricted above the middle witha much narrower but broadly rounded, minutely verrucose apex." Luer 1996

Synonyms Humboldtia nittiorhyncha (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; *Pleurothallis nittiorhyncha Lindl. 1859; Restrepia schlimii Rchb.f 1876

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Vol 5 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela a field guide Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing = R wagerneri; Orchids of Venezuela a field guide Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as R schlimii drawing = R roseola; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1992 as R schlimii photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VIII Systematics of Restrepia Luer 1996 drawing fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 66 No 5 2001 photo; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007