Restrepia lankesteri Ames & C.Schweinf. 1930 - See Restrepia trichoglossa F. Lehm. ex Sander 1901Restrepia SUBGENUS Restrepia SECTION Restrepia

Lip Detail

Plant and Flower Photo by © Milan Vágner

Common Name Lankester's Restrtepia [Botanical Garden in Costa Rica current]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in Costa Rica at elevations of 1500 to 1700 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 7 to 10, thin whitish, loose, compressed, distichous, tubular,. somewhat imbricating sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, purple suffused beneath, elliptical-ovate, acute to subacute, broadly below into a twisted petiolate base leaf that blooms in the winter and spring arising on the back of the leaf, with a slender, 1.6 to 2.6" [4 to 6.5 cm] long, successively single flowered fascile with a thin, tubular floral bract.

Similar to and often made as a synonym of R trichoglossa but differs in the larger flower, wider lip more than .1" [2mm] wide and the synsepal heavily spotted.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIII Systematics of Restrepia Luer 1996; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003;