Restrepia pelyx Luer & R. Escobar 1982 Restrepia SUBGENUS Restrepia SECTION Restrepia

Side View

Lip Detail

Plant and Flower

Photos by © Milan Vágner

Yellow Form

Photo by © Eric Hunt

Front View

Photo by Jay Pfahl

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer

Common Name The Wooden Bowl Restrepia [Refers to the concave synsepal]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Antioquia and Santander departments of Colombia and Merida state of Venezuela in cloud forests at elevations of 2000 to 2300 meters as a small sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 6 to 10 thin, loose, whitish, compressed, oblique, imbricate, disitchous sheaths with the lower ones spotted purple brown, and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, purple suffused beneath, ovate, acute to subacute, cuneate to rounded base contracted intot he twisted petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring, summer and fall on a slender, erect, 1.6" to 2" [4 to 5 cm] long, successively single flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf and held in a fascile with a thin, tubular, just short to as long as the ovary floral bract.

" Recognized by the large purplish leaves and relatively large flowers borne by pedicels about half as long as the leaf. The cup-shaped synsepal is proportionally broad and deeply concave and diffusely spotted with purple brown except for 2 conspicuous white patches at the base. The base color of the synsepal is yellow or tan." Luer 1996

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; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide;