Friday, January 15, 2016

Porroglossum dreisei

This is another species from Ecuador and a strange species indeed.  The Porroglossums are all oddities because of their moveable, insect-trapping lip, which when disturbed snaps up.  Several of the photos show flowers with the lips both open and closed.  Porroglossum dreisei is even odder than the other species in the genus with its clown-shaped blooms.  They are large as Porroglossums go, 1.5 cm on long flower spikes that produce a succession of flowers on 4 cm plants.

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