~Restrepia xanthophthalma Rchb. f. 1865 - See Restrepia muscifera (Lindl.) Rchb. f. ex Lindl. 1859 Photo courtesy of Dale and Deni Borders

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Common Name or Meaning The Yellow Eyed Restrepia [refers to the yellow spots at the base of the sepals and petals]

Flower Size 1/5" [5 mm]

Found in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia to Peru in wet montane forests at elevations of 1200 to 1330 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with a thin ramicaul completely enveloped by inflated, apiculate sheaths and carrying a single, apical, bright green, infused with purple towards the edges, coriaceous leaf that is tridenticulate apically and basally has a short petiole from which arises at any time of the year with various, 2/5" [2 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence held on the back of the leaf. Similar to Resrepia muscifera but differs in the linear-filiform petals and the two filiform, falcate caudae on the lip.

Synonyms Pleurothallis xanthophthalma [Rchb.f] L.O.Wms. 1940; 1865

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as R xanthophtalma; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 1144 Dodson 1984 drawing fide; Mille et Une Mini Orchideees Roguenant 2009 photo good;