Restrepia portillae Luer 2002 Restrepia SUBGENUS Restrepia SECTION Restrepia

Lip Detail

Photos by Patricia Harding and The Species Identification Task Force Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

partial shade Cool Cold Spring

Common Name or Meaning Portilla's Restrepia [Ecuadorian Orchid Nurseryman current]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Morona Santiago province of southeastern Ecuador at elevations around 2500 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing, caespitose epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 6 loose, compressed, imbricating, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, purple suffused beneath, elliptical, obtuse, broadly cuneate and contracted into a twisted petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a fascile of slender, arising from behind the leaf, 1.6 to 1.8" [4 to 4.5 cm] long, successively single flowered inflorescence with a tubular, shorter than the ovary floral bract.

Differs the most from others by the panduriform lip with a cuneate, spiculate epichile, a narrow isthmus and a proportionately large, concave hypochile with extremely short lobules.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Luer 2002 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo fide