Porroglossum dactylum Luer 1988 SECTION Torta Photo by John Varigos

Common Name The Finger Porroglossum [refers to the fingerlike sepaline tails]

Flower Size 2/5" [1 cm]

Found in Ecuador as a miniature sized, cool growing epiphyte at elevations of 1500 to 1700 meters with erect, slender, blackish ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, subacute petiolate leaf that is cuneate below into the slender petiole and blooms in the spring on an erect, smooth, slender, 3 1/5" to 3 3/5" [8 to 9 cm] long, congested, racemose, successively few flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul with 2 to 3, closely applied, distant bracts and a tubular floral bract all holding the non-resupinate flowers well above the leaf.

This species is similar to P dalstroemii but differs in having longer, transverse, subclavate tails of the lateral sepals and a broad glabrous, triangular blade of the lip.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidianrum Vol V Luer 1988 drawing fide [does not show pubescent lip margin]; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 70 #1 2006 photo fide;