Porroglossum actrix Luer & R.Escobar 1991

SUBGENUS Porroglossum SECTION Porroglossum

Plant and Flowers Photos by Patricia Harding

Flower with lip Triggered

One Lip Triggered and one relaxed Photo by Jay Pfahl

Part shade CoolColdSpring

Common Name The Performer Porroglossum [An allusion to a tightrope walker and the flower shape on the inflorescence]

Flower Size 1.6" [4 cm]

Found in Putomayo Colombia on the eastern slopes at elevations around 2000 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, ellipical, obtuse, narrowing below into the cuneate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a congested, erect, smooth, slender, 1.6 to 3" [4 to 7.5 cm] long, successively few flowered, racemose inflorescnece arising from low on the ramicaul with 2 to 3, closely applied, distant bracts and imbricating floral bracts.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol VIII Luer 1991 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1992 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 71 No 1 2007 photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 27 #2 2010 photo fide;