Porpax - Lindley


An Indo-Malesian genus of 12 species of epiphytic or lithophytic orchids, Porpax is represented in India by 6 species . Two species are found in Kerala .

1. Porpax jerdoniana (Wight ) Rolfe , Orch. Rev. 16: 8 . 1908; Fischer in Gamble 1928 : 1422 ; Santapau & Kapadia 1966: 158 ; Saldanha in Saldanha & Nicolson 1976 : 845 ; Seidenfaden 1977: 7 ; Abraham & Vatsala 1981 : 387.

Lichenora jerdoniana Wight , Ic. Pl . Ind. Or. 5 (1) : 18 . t. 1738. 1851.

Eria lichenora Lindl., J. Linn. Soc. 3: 46. 1859 ; J.D. Hook . 1890 : 787.

Originally described as a separate genus Lichenora by Wight based on Jerdon's collection from Malabar Mountains , this was transferred to Porpax by Lindley .

Occurrence : Trivandrum , Idukki , Thrissur , Palghat and Kannur Districts .

Distribution : Regional Endemic?( Maharashtra , Karnataka , Kerala , Tamil Nadu).

There is one recent report of this species from Andamans also . But we haven't seen that collection .

2. Porpax reticulata Lindl. , Bot. Reg. , 31. Misc. 66. 1845 ; Fischer in Gamble 1928 : 1422; Santapau & Kapadia 1966 : 157 ; Saldanha in Saldanha & Nicolson 1976 : 845 ; Seidenfaden 1977: 2; Abraham & Vatsala 1981 : 385 ; Joseph 1982 : 99 & 1987 : 131. Aggeianthus marchantiodes Wight , Ic. Pl. Ind. Or. 5 (1) : 18 .t. 1737. 1851.

Eria reticulata (Lindl) Benth ., Gen. pl. 3 : 509. 1833; J.D. Hook 1890 : 786.

Porpax papillosa Blatt . & McCann , J. Bombay Nat. Hist. Soc. 35 : 268 .f. 4. 1931.

This was described by Lindley based on Loddiges collection from 'East Indies'

Occurrence : Trivandrum and Palghat Districts,

Distribution : Western Ghats (Maharashtra , Karnataka , Kerala , Tamil Nadu) of India and Laos .

 

 
 

 

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