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Restrepia xanthophthalma

Those of you who are familiar with Restrepias doubtless know of striata, but may not be familiar with xanthophthalma.  The leaves on this are thicker, pointier, and longer than those of striata.  The flowers are similarly shaped, but instead of being orange/red striped, are sort of a purply cranberry, and spotted.  It likes it wet, and shady.  This plant has been parked out of direct sun, but with bright afternoon indirect light for years, and still, the leaves turn purple, even from that low amount of light.  There really is no seasonality to its blooming, which happens several times a year, whenever it feels like it.  In addition to the two open flowers, there are a good half dozen more buds hidden behind othre leaves.

Restrepia striata

This one blooms on and off throughout the year.  The blooms only last a few days, so it’s out of bloom more often than in bloom, but I don’t normally have to wait more than a few weeks for the next one.

Restrepia xanthophthalma

This particular Restrepia is fairly similar to striata, but the leaves are a little bigger, more upright, and pointier.  Seems to be pretty bulletproof, as far as orchids go.  Low to moderate light, and it’s pretty forgiving about water.  Although the flowers can come out on the top side of a leaf, they generally emerge from the underside.  The entire plant, pot and all, is only about 7″ tall.  Like striata, the flowers only last a few days, and don’t have any real seasonality.

Restrepia striata

This is another miniature species.  If there’s any such thing as a bulletproof, idiot-proof orchid, this is it.  It has the added attraction of blooming on and off throughout the year, pretty much whenever it feels like it.  Low to intermediate light is fine; the leaves don’t need to get a reddish tinge to bloom.  It’s not even picky about water or humidity levels.