Restrepia aspasicensium Rchb.f. 1855 SUBGENUS Restrepia SECTION Restrepia

Another Flower Photo by Colin Howe

Common Name The Aspasica Restrepia [A town in the eastern cordillera in Colombia]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Colombia and Venezuela at elevations around 1500 to 2300 meters as a miniature sized, warm growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 5 to 6 thin, whitish, loose, oblique, acute, compressed, somewhat imbricating sheaths and carrying a single, apical erect, coriaceous, ovate, subacute, basally cuneate into a twisted petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter, spring and fall on a slender, erect, 1.2" to 1.4" [3 to 3.5 cm] long, a single flower produced successively in a fascile and has a thin, tubular floral bract. This species has the smallest flower in the genus.

Synonyms Restrepia aspasicensis Rchb. f. 1855 [mispelling]; Restrepia dentata Rolfe 1892

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 drawing not = R elegans; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 2 1970; AOS Bulletin Vol 47 No 7 1978 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela A Field Guide Dunsterville & Garary 1979 drawing = R elegans; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1992 photo ; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 errata = R echinata; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIII Systematics of Restrepia Luer 1996 drawing/photo fide; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007;