Porpax capuccinorum Aver. 2016 Photo by Averyanov and New and rare orchids (Orchidaceae) in the flora of Cambodia and Laos Website Copyright

Common Name The Capuchin Monk Porpax [refers to the flowers resemblance to a monks cloak]

Flower Size .2" [5 mm]

Found in Laos in remnants of lowland broadleaved forests at elevations of 150 to 200 meters as a mini-miniature sized, hot growing branch epiphyte with a creeping to clustering rhizome giving rise to close set, flattened, grassy green in youth, dull olive green in maturity, fleshy, oblate to discoid-lenticular pseudobulbs enveloped by a net of fibers left from disintegrating sheaths and carrying 2, apical, early deciduous before flowering, subsessile, conduplicate, with a distinct median vein, horizontally recurved, bright green, rather thin, narrowly obovate, obtuse, narrowing below into the short-petiolate-like base leaves that blooms in the fall on a hysteranthous, arising from the apex of a mature leafless pseudobulb, light dull green, peduncel with 3 to 4 sterile bracts, short, single flowered inflorescence with a single large, scarious, light brown to yellowish, broadly triangular, shortly acuminate, basally tubular floral bract and carrying horizontally spreading, not widely opening flowers.

Synonyms *Turczaninowia.19.3.1 New and rare orchids (Orchidaceae) in the flora of Cambodia and Laos Averyanov, Khang Sinh Nguyen, T. Maisak and E.L. Konstantinov 2016 photo fide