Restrepia ephippium Luer & Hirtz 1994 SUBGENUS Restrepia SECTION Restrepia

Flower and Plant Photos by © Milan Vágner

Side View of Flower Photo courtesy of Wilfried Löderbusch

Common Name or Meaning The Saddle-Shaped Restrepia [refers to the synsepals shape]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in northwestern Ecuador in wet forests at elevations of 1200 to 1800 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 6 to 8 thin, whitish, loose, compressed, lightly black dotted, imbricating sheaths and carrying a single, apical erect, coriaceous, ovate, subacute to obtuse, with a rounded base, contracted into a twisted petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a slender, 2.4" to 3.6" [6 to 9 cm] long, successively single flowered inflorescence in a fascile arising from the back of the leaf and carrying a thin, tubular floral bract


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIII Systematics of Restrepia Luer 1996 drawing/photo fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo fide;