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Restrepia elegans

Restrepia elegans<span class="cross"></span>
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Mahogany, Purple, Yellow
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CITES approved for export!

CITES export Appendix II Species

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Pot Size

4" Flowering Size - NOT In-Spike ($35.00)
4.5" multi-growth - NOT In-Spike (SOLD OUT)

Restrepia elegans, the "Elegant Restrepia" (this plant was originally awarded as Restrepia antennifera 'Edward' AM/AOS). The flowers are indeed elegant, and upon close inspection they are downright dazzling, marked intricately with spots and stripes. From a distance, their bright color stands out against the leathery, spade-shaped leaves like little tongues of flame. On a mature plant, the flowers are numerous and appear frequently, flowering off and on throughout the year.


This easy to grow and bloom species likes intermediate temps in winter but will tolerate warmer temps to the mid 80's in summer. This plant prefers New Zealand sphagnum moss as a potting medium. Repot every year to year and a half with fresh moss. Keikis or baby pplants will often develop a the upper base of the leaf and once these have roots an inch or two in length they can be removed and potted up.


The 4" potted plants were divided and repotted in January of 2016 and are now fully established. The 5" potted plants are much larger and typically exhibit a large number of flowering growths (as seen in the last photo above).


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