Restrepia schizosepala Luer & Hirtz 1996 Restrepia SUBGENUS Restrepia SECTION Restrepia

Photo courtesy of Piotr Markiewicz ©

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer

Common Name The Split Sepal Restrepia [refers to the split synsepal]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Sucumbios province of northeastern Ecuador and Peru at unspecified elevations as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 8 to 9, thin, whitish, loose, compressed, more or less imbricating sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, purple suffused below, ovate, subacute, broadly cuneate to rounded below and contracted into a short petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on the back of the leaf in a fascile, peduncle slender, 1.6" [4 cm] long, of 1.6" [4 cm] long, sucessively single flowered inflorescence with a thin, tubular, aas long as to shorter than the ovary floral bracts.

"Related to the Restrepia contorta group but differs in the split synsepal. The synsepal of a few other species may occasionally split spontaneously near the tip as the flower ages, but in no other species is the split so constant and so deep. The spals are orange in color with small spots below the middle. The free portionas are unmarked orange. The margins of the petals are entire. The oblong lip is proportionally large, similat to that of Restrepia guttulata ." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideología 20(2): 172 Luer & Hirtz 1996. Drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VIII Systematics of Restrepia Luer 1996 drawing/photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo fide; Orchid Species Of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide