Monday, August 6, 2012

Restrepia trichoglossa

Restrepia trichoglossa - Flower photo by Richard LindbergIn 2006 a friend of mine won this plant in the SFOS raffle. She had it for three years before deciding to reduce her collection to just a few plants that did well for her. She gave me several of her plants including this one. The plant in the flower picture is this plant and was taken soon after I got it. As you can see, it has declined.

Restrepia trichoglossa grows in Panama and northern South America in a wide altitude range where there is a wet and cool cloud forest. It blooms successively in summer and fall. The genus Restrepia (Rstp) contains 30 or 40 species found from Mexico to Northern Argentina. Their culture is similar to small Pleurothallis species and grow well with small pots, high humidity and shady conditions.

my problem is that one of the two greenhouses is too bright and the other is too wet. Both are too warm. I had it in Sonoma and it was very much under-watered and the leaves on the right are the result of the time there. This spring I moved it to Napa where it was getting enough water. The new leaves are in better condition but it is too warm and bright, even in a shaded area.

This plant needs a proper environment. If it was well grown, it could be a nice looking plant in a year or so. Therefore, this is free to a good home. Claim it if you have good conditions for it.

The rules are the same as always: You pay actual postage and it comes Priority Mail. (I'll let you know, but it will be around $6.) Add a comment claiming it and them go to this page to get my direct email address so we can work out the details. No "first time" restiction on this one, anybody who wants it can have it. Continental US only please.


  1. I'd be interested. WOuld be good in my bathroom window sill by the shower. eastern exposure, frosted glass window. I already received in the past. if no one is interested i'd be happy.

  2. I live in SW Florida and would give it a home, I would be happy to pass on one of my plants to someone else if I got this one.

    I am a born again orchid beginner, having given them up in 1977 when I moved to the Keys, but now I am retired and able to care for my plants. I even found orchids growing here on the farm, interesting little terestrials.

    John R

  3. John, the free plants are almost always claimed the first day. This plant is already in its new home and doing well, still in bloom.

    I will be offering another plant before the end of the month and I almost always give to someone who has not had a free plant from me before.