Porroglossum amethystinum (Rchb. f.) Garay 1967 SUBGENUS Porroglossum SECTION Porroglossum

Photo by Lourens Grobler

Disected Flower

Photo by Peter Bryder

Color Form

Photo courtesy of Eric Hunt, plant grown by Marni Turkel

Flower Form

Photo courtesy of Andy's Orchids Copyright 2002 All rights reserved.


Common Name The Lilac Colored Porroglossum

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Ecuador and Peru in very wet montane forests at elevations of 1300 to 2350 meters as a mini-miniature sized, warm to cold growing epiphyte or terrestrial in clay roadside embankments with a short, erect, slender ramicaul enveloped by 2 to 3 tubular sheaths and a single, apical, coriaceous, long petiolate, narrowly obovate, acute to subacute leaf that gradually narrows to the petiole giving rise to a congested, successively few-flowered, racemose, 6 to 10" [15 to 25 cm] long inflorescence with well spaced tubular bracts and tubular, imbricating floral bracts occurring at most any time of the year.

Synonyms *Masdevallia amethystina Rchb. f. 1878; Scaphosepalum amethystinum (Rchb. f.) Schltr. 1921;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1878 as Masdevallia amethestina; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 273 Dodson 1980 drawing ok; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Systematics of Acostea, Condylago and Porroglossum Vol 4 1987 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 70 No 1 2001; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 4 Dodson 2003 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 70 #1 2006 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Pleurothallids Neotropical Jewels Vol 1 Karremans & Viera 2020 photo fide