!Porroglossum mordax (Rchb. f.) Luer 1970 SUBGENUS Porroglossum SECTION Porroglossum

Plant and Flower in situ Antioquia 3/20

Flower in situ Antioquia 3/20 Photos by Jay Pfahl

Another Flower Photo by Jorge Mario Munera

Another Flower Photo by Patricia Harding

Another Flower Photo by Lourens Grobler

Another Angle Photo by Eric Hunt, Plant grown by Dan Newman of Hanging Gardens.


Common Name The Snappish Porroglossum [refers to the fierce shape of the flower]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in central and southwestern Colombia at elevations of 1700 to 2400 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing, caespitose epiphyte. This orchid has erect ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 scarious sheaths and carries a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, narrowly elliptic to narrowly obovate, subacute, subverrucose leaf with a long petiole. The large blooms are produced in succession on an erect, 4 to 5" [10 to 15 cm] long stem that holds the few, successively single flowers well above the leaves and can occur at any time of the year.

Synonyms Lothiania mordax (Rchb. f.) Kraenzl. 1924; Masdevallia colombiana (Schltr.) P.H. Allen 1948; *Masdevallia mordax Rchb. f. 1886; Porroglossum colombianum Schlechter 1920; Scaphosepalum antioquiense Kraenzl. 1922

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten II Colombia Schlechter 1920 as P colombianum; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Acostea, Condylago and Porroglossum Vol 4 1987 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1992 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 70 No 1 2001 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001 as P colombianum; Orchid Digest Vol 70 #1 2006 photo fide;