This genus includes about fifty species of epiphytic orchids, generally devoid of pseudobulbs, originating in Central America and the Andean areas of South America. The long leaves are shiny, leathery and thick, dark green in color; the flowers, which bloom in summer, are yellow, pink, orange or purple; present it the sepals joined two by two, with characteristic purple or brown streaks or dots; they bloom solitary on short stems and usually rest on the leaves; in their natural environment these orchids produce flowers throughout the year. The stems are usually light in color, sometimes whitish. These particular orchids, if grown in their natural habitat, are able to bloom throughout the year. This is also possible when they are grown in pots but only when they are able to recreate the ideal environment for their perfect development. Of this large family, the best known varieties are the guttulata orchid with 5 cm wide and very dotted flowers, the striated orchid with particularly large flowers and last but not least, the antennifera orchid with orange petals and small dimensions.
Restrepia orchids need moderately bright positions, never exposed to direct sunlight, which would irreparably ruin the leaves due to too much heat. These are species that fear the cold, although some species can withstand temperatures below 4-5 ° C for short periods, being native to mountainous areas. In summer they can be placed outside, in a sheltered but very ventilated and cool place; in winter they should be collected at home or in a tempered greenhouse to facilitate optimal growth.