Restrepia mendozae

Family: Orchidaceae

Countries: Americas, Ecuador, Peru, South America

Restrepia mendozae is a miniature sized orchid species that can be found growing in the wild at round 1500m above sea level, in the The Cordillera del Cóndo mountain range, in the Eastern Andes, between Peru and Ecuador.  This beautiful area needs our protection, as it’s a truly important habitat for a diverse and varied range of flora and fauna.

Given their optimum growing conditions, Restrepia mendozae plants flower readily.  These orchids need regular watering and a very humid environment to educe the plants to bloom.  Restrepia mendozae plants produce magnificent yellow flowers, which are dusted with maroon freckles.

Plants from this Restrepia species grow as epiphytes; instead of growing in the soil, these orchids grow on top of other plants.  Restrepia mendozae plants are not like parasitic plants, they don’t harm or feast on their host plant’s personal resources, these orchids merely use their host as a platform to enable them to gain a better position within the landscape, to help the plants’ achieve optimum growing conditions.  Instead, Restrepia mendozae plants sustain themselves by taking moisture and nutrients from the air and rain and from any leaves or debris that have collected around the plant.

Restrepia mendozae plants are able to grow and to thrive in warmer conditions than plants from the majority of other Restrepia species.  These plants will also flourish in intermediate temperatures.  It’s important to maintain high humidity levels around your plants, at all times.  Restrepia mendozae plants grow best with some air movement, but these orchids don’t want to dry out.  In their natural environment, Restrepia mendozae plants enjoy a very humid atmosphere where the air is heavy with moisture.

Minimum temperature 12C (54F).

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