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

Photo by © Wiel Driessen and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

Lip Detail

Photo by © Colin Howe

Another Flower

Side View of Flower

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TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer

Common Name The Rasp-Bearing Restrepia [refers to the narrow apiculate lip]

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in Tachira state of Venezuela in cloud forests at elevations around 2500 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erct ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 65, whitish, compressed, unspotted, more or less imbricating sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, purple suffused beneath, ovate, acute to subacute, basally rounded and contracted into the twisted, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a slender, 2.8" [7 cm] long, on the back of the leaf, single flowered inflorescence with a thin, tubular, longer than the ovary floral bract.

"With a spotted synsepal and a long, narrow, bristly lip R radulifera is allied to Restrepia trichoglossa but easily distinguished from the later by its much larger size." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideología 20: 165 Luer & Escobar 1996 drawing/photo 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 drawings fide; The Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 as R antennifera photo ok