Porroglossum hirtzii Luer 1987 SUBGENUS Porroglossum SECTION Porroglossum Photos by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Lip In triggered Position Photo by Peter Bryder

Side View of Flower Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding


Common Name Hirtz's Porroglossum [Ecuadorian Discoverer of species current]

Flower Size 1/2" + [1.5 cm]

Found in Ecuador at elevations of 1200 meters in cloud forests as a mini-miniature sized, cool to warm growing epiphtye with blackish, erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erct, coriaceous, elliptical, obtuse to subacute leaf thqat is cuneate into the slender, blackish, elongate petiole that blooms in the spring on a slender, erect, successively single flowered inflorescence arising from low on the ramicaul and with 2 closely applied, distant bracts and tubular, imbricating floral bracts carrying resupinate flowers.

This species is unique to this genus as it is the only one that is white and does not have any tails

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Acostea, Condylago and Porroglossum Vol 4 1987 drawing fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids VOl 4 Dodson 2003 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 70 #1 2006 photo fide