Restrepia purpurea Luer & R. Escobar 1996 Restrepia SUBGENUS Restrepia SECTION Restrepia

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Lip Detail Photos by © Milan Vágner

Spring

Common Name The Purple Restrepia

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in southern Colombia in the department of Narino in cloud forests at elevations around 1650 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 7 whitish, loose, compressed, somewhat imbricate sheaths with the lower being black spotted and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, purple suffused, ovate, obtuse, broadly to cuneate base contracted into hte twiated petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, 1.2 to 1.6" [3 to 4 cm] long, successively single floewred inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf and held in a fascile and carrying a thin, tubular floral bract.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIII Systematics of Restrepia Luer 1996 drawing/photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 66 No 5 2001 photo; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007

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