Porroglossum raoorum Baquero & Iturralde 2017 SUBGENUS Porroglossum SECTION Porroglossum Photo by Baquero & Iturralde and PORROGLOSSUM RAOI, A NEW SPECIES OF PLEUROTHALLIDINAE (ORCHIDACEAE) FROM ECUADOR LANKESTERIANA 17(1): 4954. 2017

Common Name The Rao's Porroglossum [American important donors and promoters of Ecominga Foundation who made possible the purchase and protection of an extensive area of primary forest close to where Porroglossum raoi was discovered and other native forests around Ecuador recently deceased]

Flower Size

Found in Carchi province of Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations around 1800 to 1970 meters as a mini-miniature to small sized, cool growing epiphyte with short, trerte, erect, slender ramicauls enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and carrying a single, erect, coriaceous, minutely verrucose, narrowly obovate, subacute and mucronate apically, narrowing below into the long-petiolate , slender, conduplicate base leaf that blooms on and erect, congested, to 8" [20 cm] long, slender, glabrous, provided with a few, widely spaced, thin, transluscet bracts, successively single, 3 to 5 flowered inflorescence with tubular, imbricating, shorter than the ovary floral bracts and carrying flowers with a characteristic cinnamon and clove fragrance.

Closest to P aureum but P raoorum has "white flowers with a short channeled tail of the dorsal sepal, the brownish-purple, thickened along the middle tails of the lateral sepals, the lower margin of the petals with a subacute angle near the middle and the detectable cinnamon and clove fragrance immediately separate it." Baquero & Iturralde Lankesteriana Vol 17 pg 50 2017


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list IPNI ; *Lankesteriana 17: 50 Baquero & Iturralde 2017 Drawing/photo fide