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

Lip Detail

Side View of lip


Photo by © Milan Vágner

TYPE Drawing

TYPE Drawing by © Carl Luer

Deep shade Warm Summer

Common Name Tsubota's Restrepia [Colombian Nurseyman current]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Antioquia departemnt of Colombia in humid jungles at elevations around 600 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped completely by imbricate, thin, whitish, loose, oblique, compressed sheaths with the lower being spotted with black and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, more or less suffused with purple beneath, elliptical-ovate, subacute, rounded or basally cuneate and contracted below into the twisted petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on an arising on the back of the leaf, Held in a faascile, erect, slender, 1.4 to 1.6" [3.5 to 4 cm] long, successively single flowered inflorescence with a thin, tubular, shorter to as longa s the ovary floral bract.

"Related to Restrepia trichoglossa but differs by the much larger flowers with synsepals diffusely spotted with dark brown on arange that becomes brown towards the base. The epichile of the lip is fimbriate, long and narroow, about .06" [1.5 mm] wide.The isthmus between the hypochile and epichile is ony .03" [.75 mm] wide." Luer 1996


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; * Orquideología 20: 178 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; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007