Restrepia portillae Luer 2002 SUBGENUS Restrepia SECTION Restrepia

Lip Detail Photos by Patricia Harding and The Species Identification Task Force Website

partial shade Cool Cold Spring

Common Name or Meaning Portilla's Restrepia [Ecuadorian Orchid Nurseryman current]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in southeastern Ecuador at elevations around 2500 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped by 6 loose, compressed, imbricating, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, purple suffused beneath, elliptical, obtuse, broadly cuneate and contracted into a twisted petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a fascile of slender, 1.6 to 1.8" [4 to 4.5 cm] long, successively single flowered inflorescence arising from behind the leaf and has a tubular floral bract.

Differs the most from others by the panduriform lip with a cuneate, spiculate epichile, a narrow isthmus and a proportionately large, concave hypochile with extremely short lobules.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXIV Luer 2002 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo fide