Restrepia wageneri Rchb.f.,1854 Restrepia SUBGENUS Restrepia SECTION Restrepia

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Photo by © Wilfried Löderbusch

Lip Detail Photo by © Colin Howe


Drawing by © Carl Luer


Common Name Wagner's Restrepia [German Traveler and Orchid Collector 1800's]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Merida and Falcon states of western Venezuela at elevations around 1200 to 2300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 5 to 6, white, thin, loose, compressed, more or less imbricating sheaths with the lowermost being black spotted and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptic-ovate, acute, broadly cuneate to rounded and contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the late spring and early summer on an erect, arising from the back of the leaf, held in a fascile, 1.6 to 2" [4 to 5 cm] long, successive single flowered inflorescence with a thin, tubular, shorter than the ovary floral bract.

"Allied to both Restrepia elegans and Restrepia lansbergii but R wagneri differs in the thinly striped synsepal. Similar to striped form of Restrepia trichoglossa but the very narrow, usually fringed lip immediately distinguishes it. The small lip of R wagneri is oblong, only faintly if at all, narrowed near the middle. The surface and margins are only minutely or microscopically scabrous-verrucose." Luer 1996

Synonyms Restrepia lansbergii var. wageneri Eaton 1860

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Bonplandia 2:23 Rchb.f 1854; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 4 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 drawing not = trichoglossa; Flora de Venezuela Vol 2 Foldats 1970 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, A field Guide Dunsterville & Garay 1979 drawing not = trichoglossa; Orchids of Venezuela a field guide Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as R nittiorhyncha drawing fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol 13 Luer 1996 drawing ok/photo less so; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 3 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Orquideas Nativas del Tachira Cesar Fernandez 2003 photo fide