Porroglossum aureum Luer 1980 SUBGENUS Porroglossum SECTION Porroglossum Photo by Eric Hunt and His Orchid Website

Another Flower with lip in triggered position Photo courtesy of Danny Lentz , plant grown by the Atlanta Botanical Garden

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Common Name The Golden Porroglossum [refers to the flower color]

Flower Size 2/5" [1 cm]

A mini-miniature sized, cool to cold growing epiphyte from 1900 to 2500 meters in northern Ecuador cloud forest, with an erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, subverrucose, long petiolate, narrowly obovate, subacute leaf that gradually narrows to the petiole that blooms in the summer on a congested, successively few flowered, 5" to 5 1/2" [12 to 13 cm] long, racemose inflorescence with a few widely spaced bracts and tubular, imbricating floral bracts and a single flower at a time, held above the leaves.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Acostea, Condylago and Porroglossum Vol 4 1987; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 drawing ok

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