March 1, 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 name 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.

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