April 7, 2013

Porroglossum dreisei

The last post was of a Porroglossum.  Here is another, this time Porroglossum dreisei from Ecuador and another small species.  The plant is 4 cm, the flower spikes 12 cm and the flowers 1.5 cm and blooming successively, several to a spike.  Like the other Porroglossum species this has a moveable lip that snaps up and traps an insect against the column effecting pollination and I've included pictures of the flowers with the lip both open and shot.  I thought about titling the post "Arms Akimbo" since the flowers look like a little man with an elf hat and his hands on his hips.

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