Restrepia driessenii Luer & Sijm 2009 Restrepia SUBGENUS Restrepia SECTION Restrepia

Photo by Wiel Driessen and his Flickr Orchid Photo Website

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by Carl Luer and Selbyana 30: 17 Luer & Escobar 2009

Full Shade EARLIERWinter

Common Name Driessen's' Restrepia [German Orchid enthusiast and discoverer of species current]

Flower Size >8" [2 cm]

Found in Merida State of Venezuela without locational data as a miniature sized, caespitose epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 5 thin, whitish, compressed more or less imbricating sheaths, the lowermost spotted or transversely markerd with black and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ovate, acute, broadly rounded and contracted below into the twisted, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter on a suberect, arising on the back of the elaf, peduncle slender, 2.4 to 2.8" [6 to 7 cm] long, successively single, few flowered inflorescence.

"Vegetatively similar to the majority of the other large-flowered species of the genus, this species from Venezuela is distinguished by the broad, pale rose synsepal that is diffusely spotted with darker rose. The lip is broadly oblong with a proportionately small hypochile with a pair of small, uncinate, marginal lobes. The epichile is minutely spotted with purple, denticulate and densely echinate." Luer & Sijm 2009

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Selbyana 30: 17 Luer & Escobar 2009 Drawing fide;