Restrepia iris Luer 1980 Restrepia SUBGENUS Restrepia SECTION Restrepia Photo by © Lourens Grobler

Flower closeup Photo by © Milan Vágner

Another Clone Photo by © Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website.

Flower closeup Photo courtesy of Oliver Lenhard and his Orchideen Website

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Common Name The Rainbow Restrepia

Flower Size .4" [2 cm]

A Ecuadorian, miniature sized, warm to cool growing, cloud forest epiphyte at elevations of 1400 to 2500 meters with erect, ramicauls enveloped basally by 5 to 6 , thin, pale, unspotted, loose, compressed, somewhat imbricating sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, purple suffused beneath, elliptical-ovate, subacute, broadly cuneate below and contracted into the twisted petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a slendre, 1.2 to 1.4" [3 to 3.5 cm] long, successively single flowered inflorescence arising onj the back of the leaf and held in a fascile and carrying a thin, tubular floral bract.

Synonyms Restrepia pulchella H. Mohr 1993

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIII Systematics of Restrepia Luer 1996 drawing/photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 66 No 5 2001 photo; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide;