365 days of orchids – day 239 – Restrepia cymbula

Restrepias provide flowers in our orchid collection throughout the year and several flower on and off all year. Restrepis cymbula is one of our smaller flowered species but plants regularly produce a good show of flowers as it is this week. The name means boat and refers to the unusual shape of the synsepal which makes this an easy restrepia to identify. The species is endemic to Ecuador.

We grow restrepias mounted, potted and in baskets and find that baskets are a good way of growing and displaying specimen plants like this one.

We grow our restrepias cool (minimum 12C) and well watered throughout the year.


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