Restrepia chocoensis is an epiphytic orchid in the genus Restrepia.
A medium sized plant with terete leaves and ramicauls sheathed by papery spotted bracts. Plant blooms in the spring to summer with a single 2 cm wide flower. Flowers are produced successively near the base of the leaf.
This tiny orchid lacks pseudobulbs. The erect, thick, leathery leaf is elliptic-ovate in shape. The aerial roots seem like fine hairs.
The flowers develop one at a time at the base of the leaf. They are borne on a slender peduncle, originating from the base of the back of the leaf. The long dorsal sepal is erect and ends in a somewhat thicker club-shaped tip. They have fused lateral sepals (synsepals), which splits at its end. They are quite colorful : tan overlaid with contrasting reddish-purple spots. The long, lateral petals equally end in a thickened club-shaped tip. The shorter lip is ovoid. It shows the same variations in color and markings.
This rare epiphytic species has only been found on two occasions in the cool, damp montane forests of the Western Cordillera of Colombia at elevations between 1,800 m to 2,000 m.
Grow in cool to intermediate temperatures. Can be grown potted in sphagnum moss or mounted on wood. The medium it is grown in should be kept moist.
Common Name:The Choco' Restrepia
Named for the Department of Choco, Colombia where this species was first discovered