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Restrepia falkenbergii

Restrepia falkenbergii

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Family:Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Epidendreae
SubTribe: Pleurothallidinae
Genus: Restrepia
Species: Rstp. falkenbergii
Alliance:
Binomial name
Restrepia falkenbergii
Rchb. f. 1880


Restrepia falkenbergii is an epiphytic orchid in the genus Restrepia.

DescriptionEdit

Plant blooms from spring to fall with a single 2 cm wide flower.

This large orchid lacks pseudobulbs. The erect, thick, leathery leaf is elleptic-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) with a length of about 2.5 cm. These are quite colorful : overall yellow, with orange, tan and red at the back, overlaid with contrasting reddish-purple stripes. The long, lateral petals equally end in a thickened club-shaped tip.

The long and smooth lip is pandurate and widest its apex. It shows the same variations in color and markings.

DistributionEdit

Plant is found in Antioquia Colombia at elevations around 1000 to 2000 meters

CultureEdit

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.

NamingEdit

Common Names: Falkenberg's Restrepia

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