Restrepia sanguinea Rolfe 1896 Restrepia SUBGENUS Restrepia SECTION Restrepia

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Plant and Flower

Lip Detail

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TYPE Drawing

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Common Name The Blood Red Restrepia

Flower Size 1 1/4" [3 cm]

Found in Antioquia and Cundinamarca departments of Colombia in cloud forests at elevations of 1500 to 2800 meters as a miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped basally by several scarious sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, leathery, purple suffused leaf and blooms in the winter and spring on a terminal, arises on the back side of the leaf, held in a fascile, peduncle slender, 1.6 to 2.4" [4 to 6 cm] long, successively single, few flowered inflorescence with thin, tublar, mcuh shorter than the ovary floral bract.

"The flowers are brone by peduncles usually a little more than half the length of the leaf. The synsepals are concave, usually dark blood-red with coalesing stripes or rows of spots that fuse towards the base where a conspicuous whitish area is present along the margin. The margins of the petals are sometimes only barely toothed near the base. The lip is oblong and truncate, only slightly narrowed below the middle, the blade being variously dilated and minutely denticulate-scabrous." Luer 1996.

Synonyms Pleurothallis antioquiensis (Schltr.) P.H.Allen 1948; Restrepia antioquiensis Schltr. 1920

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten II Colombia Schlechter 1920 as R antioquensis; AOS Bulletin Vol 57 No 1 1988 photo fide; Schlechteriana Vol 2 No 2 1991 as R antioquiensis; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1992 photo ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VIII Systematics of Restrepia Luer 1996 drawing/photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 66 No 5 2001 photo; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 # 7 2017 photo fide;