Porroglossum rodrigoi H.R. Sweet 1974 SUBGENUS Porroglossum SECTION Porroglossum Photo by Richard Ashby and hisOrchid Photo Website.

Side View of Flower Photo by Jay Pfahl

Common Name Rodrigo's Porroglossum [Rodrigo Escobar, Colombian Orchid Collector 20th century]

Flower Size 3/8" [1 cm]

This is a fairly rare, mini-miniature sized, cool growing species in culture, as it is restricted to a single, small location just north of Medellin in northwestern Colombia at elevations of 1700 meters with erect, slender ramicauls enveloped basally by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, lightly verrucose, elliptical, acute leaf that is narrowly cuneate into the slender, elongate petiole and blooms in the fall on an erect, successive several flowered, smooth, glabrous inflorescence with a single successive flower held well above the leaves.

The small bright pink flowers are produced in succession for quite a number of months on a thin, 4" [9 to 10 cm] long, wiry inflorescence that carries a single flower held well above the net veined, dark green leaves, stippled with purple on the back. It grows best in cool climates.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Acostea, Condylago and Porroglossum Vol 4 1987 drawing fide; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1992 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 70 No 1 2001 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 70 #1 2006 photo fide;