This orchid came in my Peru Flora order back in April and it just finished blooming for me. A nice blooming for such a small plant with about 4-5 flowers at a time for about a month. The flowers do not last for very long, perhaps a week, but it is a sequential bloomer so you get several flowers per inflorescence. I really like the markings on the flowers and the distinct Restrepia shape. It is not hard to see how it got its name – elegans.
Restrepia elegans is a small epiphyte from Venezuela, Colombia and Peru where it grows at altitudes of 700 to 2800 meters. I grow it mounted on EpiWeb, fairly bright in the upper half of the cool vivarium.