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

Photo by Jorge Mario Munera

Another Flower

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Another Flower

Photo by Eric Hunt Plant grown by Dan Newman of Hanging Gardens.

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer

Full ShadeCoolSpringFall

Common Name The Copper-Colored Restrepia

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Colombia on the eastern slopes of the central cordillera in cloud forests at elevations of 1600 to 1700 meters as a miniature to small sized, cool growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 6 to 7, thin whitish, loose, compressed, somewhat imbricating sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, often suffused with purple beneath, elliptical ovate, subacute, cuneate to rounded basally contracted into the twisted petiolate base leaf and blooms in the spring and fall on a terminal, slender, single flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf and carrying a thin, tubular, longer than the ovary floral bract.

"Related toRestrepia guttulata differs in the shorter, stouter habit, shorter peduncles and distinctly colored flowers neither wholly striped nor spotted. Except for a few purple spots along the margin below the middle and yellow at the base, the synsepal of most clones is a solid, rich, coppery color, like no other seen in the genus. The lip is broad, oblong, and unspotted except for a few dots on the sides below the middle. The blade is minutely scabrous ad denticulate." Luer 1996

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1992 photo # 547 fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VIII Systematics of Restrepia Luer 1996 drawings/photos fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 errata; Australian Orchid Review Vol 66 No 5 2001 photo; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide; AOS Bulletin vol 78 No 10 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 # 7 2017 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #9 2017 photo fide;