Restrepia citrina

Restrepia citrina

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Epidendreae
SubTribe: Pleurothallidinae
Genus: Restrepia
Species: Rstp. citrina
Binomial name
Restrepia citrina
Luer & R. Escobar 1983

Restrepia citrina is an epiphytic orchid in the genus Restrepia.


Plant blooms from summer to fall with a single 1 cm wide flower. The epithet 'citrina' (lemon-yellow) refers to the color of the lip. 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 and purple dorsal sepal is erect and ends in a somewhat thicker club-shaped tip. They have fused lateral sepals (synsepals), which splits slightly at its end. They are quite colorful : yellow overlaid with contrasting reddish-purple spots. The long, lateral purple petals equally end in a thickened club-shaped tip. The shorter lip is ovoid. It shows the same variations in color and markings.


Plant is found in the cloud forest of Colombia at elevations around 2600 meters


Keep plant in moderate light to partial shade. Plant can be grown in cool to intermediate conditions. Pot the plant in fine bark with perlite or sphagnum moss. Water regularly and keep potting media moist.


Common Names:The Lemon-Yellow Restrepia

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