Restrepia mendozae Luer 1996 SUBGENUS Restrepia SECTION Pleurothallopsis Schltr. 1918 Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Common Name Mendoza's Restrepia [Ecuadorian discoverer of species current]

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

Found in southeastern Ecuador in the Cordillera del Condor at elevations around 1500 meters as a small sized, warm growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 8 thin, loose, compressed, oblique, imbricating, distichous sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptical, acute, cuneate base contorted into the twisted petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a slender, erect, successively single flowered, nutant inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf in a fascile 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 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #3 2019 photo fide;