Restrepia is one of the more flamboyant genera in the orchid world. The colors and patterns found in these species are just incredible. I think Restrepia brachypus is right up there with the most beautful ones with its striking bright yellow and rust striped lip and purple antennas. It is a cool to cold growing epiphyte from the mountains of South America where it can be found on altitudes from 1180 to 3200 meters. Flowers measure about 6 cm tall and the last for a very long time. Once the plant start blooming it will keep sending up flowers in succession for many months. It feels like it is almost always in bloom. I grow it potted in the cool vivarium, medium light and very humid but not wet.

Restrepia brachypus Rchb.f., Flora 69: 554 (1886).