Restrepia falkenbergii

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Falkenberg's Restrepia
Restrepia falkenbergii Orchi 01.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Monocots
Order: Asparagales
Family: Orchidaceae
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Epidendreae
Subtribe: Pleurothallidinae
Genus: Restrepia
Species: R. falkenbergii
Binomial name
Restrepia falkenbergii
Rchb f.

Restrepia falkenbergii, commonly called the Falkenberg's Restrepia, is an epiphytic orchid, found at altitudes between 1,000-2,000 m in Colombia.

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.

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