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

Photo by © Colin Howe

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer


Common Name The Rosy Restrepia

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in the northern coastal mountains of Aragua state of Venezuela as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte occuring in cloud forests at elevations around 1300? to 2300 meters with ramicauls enveloped basally by 5 dry, thin, loose, whitish, somewhat imbricating, distichous sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, elliptic, subacute to obtuse, broadly cuneate and contracted below into the twisted petiolate base leaf, that blooms in the late spring and summer on a wiry, erect, held in a fascile on the back of the leaf, peduncle slender, 1.2 to 1.6" [3.5 to 4 cm] long, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with a thin, tubular, just shorter than the ovary floral bract.

"Distinguished from Restrepia elegans by the minute, purple dots arranged in rows on a rose colored synsepal. Most distinguishing is the longitudinally convex lip with modestly revolute, microscopically erose margins." Luer 1996

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 5 Dunsterville & Garay 1975 as R schlimii drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela a field guide Vol 3 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as R schlimii drawing fide; * Orquideología 20: 170 Luer & Escobar 1996 Drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VIII Systematics of Restrepia Luer 1996 drawing/photo fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 5 2004 drawing fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007