Xylobium zarumense Dodson 1980 Photo by Mark Whitten

TYPE Drawing Drawing by Culbertson and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Common Name The Zaruma Xylobium [A town in El Oro Province of Ecuador]

Flower Size 1.2" [3 cm]

Found in El Oro Province of Ecuador in seasonally dry montane cloud forests at elevations around 1300 meters as a small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with stout, ovoid to subconic, tapering, smooth to somewhat ridged pseudobulbs enveloped basally by 2 to 3, brown, fibrous, imbricating bracts and carrying 2 to 3, apical, erect, subcoriaceous, plicate, strongly veined, elliptic, acute, gradually narrowing below into the petiolate base leaves that blooms in the spring on a basal, nodding to pendent, to 16" [40 cm] long, many flowered inflorescence with 3, acuminate bracts on the peduncle and short, triangular floral bracts .


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Plantarum Tropicarum Plate 358 Dodson 1980 drawing fide;Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 30 1841 - 1904 Brieger 1994; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodsaon 2004 drawing/photo fide