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

Photo by Eric Hunt

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer

Common Name Seket's Restrepia [Colombian Orchid Enthusiast current]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Magdalena department of Colombia in the forested cloud forest slopes of the Sierra Madre de Santa Marta as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 5 to 6, loose, whitish, compressed, somewhat imbricating, black spotted sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, purplish below, ovate, subacute, rounded base contracted into the twisted petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, 1.6 to 2" [4 to 5 cm] long, successively single flowered inflorescence held ina fascile and arising from the back of the leaf and carrying a thin, tubular floral bract.

"Distinguished by an obovate, purple spotted synsepal, sigmoid in outline when viewed latreally, with erect to involute margins below and near the middle, smooth margined petals and an oblong lip witha bifid apex. The smooth, entire blade, or epicile of the lip is proportionally long compared to a proportionally small hypochile." Luer 1996

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideología 20: 175 Luer & Escobar 1996 Drawing/photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VIII Systematics of Restrepia Luer 1996 drawing/photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 photo fide; Oasis Vol 1 No 2 2000 photo; Australian Orchid Review Vol 66 No 5 2001 photo; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007;