Restrepia cuprea Luer & R. Escobar 1996 Restrepia SUBGENUS Restrepia SECTION Restrepia

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Another Flower

Photo by Eric Hunt Plant grown by Dan Newman of Hanging Gardens.

Full ShadeWarm toCoolSpringFall

Common Name The Copper-Colored Restrepia

Flower Size .8" [2 cm]

A Colombian species found on the eastern slopes of the central cordillera in cloud forests at elevations of 1600 to 1700 meters as a miniature to small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 6 to 7, thin whitish, loose, compressed, somewhat imbricating sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, often suffused with purple beneath, elliptical ovate, subacute, cuneate to rounded basally contracted into the twisted petiolate base leaf and blooms in the spring and fall on a terminal, slender, single flowered inflorescence arising on the back of the leaf and carrying a thin, tubular floral bract..

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1992 photo # 547 fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XIII Systematics of Restrepia Luer 1996 drawings/photos fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 6 COS 1998 errata; Australian Orchid Review Vol 66 No 5 2001 photo; Libro Rojo de Plantas De Colombia Vol 6 Primera Parte Saenz 2007 photo fide; AOS Bulletin vol 78 No 10 2009 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 # 7 2017 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 86 #9 2017 photo fide;