Saturday, February 28, 2015

Porroglossum rodrigoi

The Porroglossums are all miniature plants and all have an insect-trapping lip that springs up and mashes the insect against the column when the insect visits the flower, thus effecting pollination.  Two of the photos show the flower with the lip open and closed.  Porroglossum rodrigoi is a micro-miniature species from Colombia with beautifully patterned 3 cm leaves, 9 cm flower spikes that produce a few 1.5 cm flowers in succession.  The species is named for a Colombian orchid collector and requires cool temperatures to trive.  My plant is grown on a small piece of cedar shingle with some moss.



10 comments:

  1. Lovely! I have come to love this genus. I've always passed over this species, though, because most photos don't really make it stand out. These photos really show it off well.

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    1. Thanks, Kevin. It has really tiny flowers but is one of my favorites in the genus.

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    1. Thanks, William. Must get back to on yor list.

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  3. Amazing colours! One of my favourite genera :)

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    1. Thanks for looking and commenting.

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  4. Stunning species Ron! such a compact plant, with bright colours, quite unusual for a Porroglossum!

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    1. Thanks, Laurent. It is unusual even for a Porroglossum.

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  5. Those flowers are so odd in form! Really pretty colors, though. Excellent photos =)

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    1. Thanks for looking and commenting, Fizzie. Really appreciate the visits to my blog.

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