Restrepia renzii Luer 1996 SUBGENUS Restrepia SECTION Restrepia Photo by © French Orchid Society Orchid Photo Website

Full Shade cold EARLY Spring EARLYSummer

Common Name Renz's Restrepia [Swiss Botanist in South America 1900's]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Merida state of Venezuela at elevations around 2400 to 2500 meters as a miniature sized, cold growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 8 thin, whitish, loose, compressed, more or less imbricating sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical-ovate, subacute, broadly cuneate to rounded and contracted below into the twisted petiolate base leaf that blooms in the early spring through early summer on a fascile of slender, arising on the back of the leaf, 1.2 to 1.4" [3 to 3.5 cm] long, successively single flowered inflorescence with a thin, tubular, shorter than the ovary floral bract.

"Similar to Restrepia lansbergii but distinguished bythe comparitively large habit with proportionally smlall flowers borne by relatively short peduncles and the capillary processes on the margins of the petals above the base and the oblong epichile of the lip that is finely fringed." Luer 1996

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideología 20: 167 Luer 1996<>/A> Drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VIII Systematics of Restrepia Luer 1996 drawing fide;