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Restrepia radulifera- 365 days of orchids – day 1135

 

Restrepia radulifera is flowering again. This is one of our largest flowered Restrepia species with 5cm flowers and the most startling deep red/pink synsepal (the fused lateral sepals that form the main part of restrepia flowers).

Like most of our restrepias this species flowers on and off throughout the year. The individual flowers last about a week but a new flush has takes over as flowers fade.

Restrepia radulifera is native to Venezuelan cloud forests at around 2500m altitude and so cool damp and shady are the culture requirements. We grow the species mounted, in baskets and in pots. Restrepia species are very variable in colouring especially as this is produced by spots and stripes and so a fantastic diverse little collection can be housed in a tiny space and we know several of our regular customers who succeed very well with restrepias indoors or in terrariums.

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  1. Alan Hardwick says:

    More of a question than comment, if I may.
    Can I steal this picture and use it in a presentation please ?
    The talk is all about orchids and I will be giving you a good mention too, if that is OK.
    It will be part of the lecture programme on an expedition cruise from Auckland to Papua New Guinea, and we will have visited the Botanic Garden in Singapore along the way, so I am hoping that there the interest in orchids will have been stimulated.
    I thank you for your attention and wish you well with your continuing good work.
    Alan H.