Zootrophion dayanum (Rchb. f.) Luer 1982

Photo by Eric Hunt and his Orchid Photo Site

Plant and Flowers

Another View

Photo by Patricia Harding.

Common Name Day's Zootrophion [English Orchid Enthusiast 1800's]

Flower Size 1/2" [1.25 cm]

Found in the Andes of Venezuela, Colombia, Peru and Ecuador in wet montane forests or cloud forests at elevations of 1500 to 1900 meters as a small sized, cool growing epiphytic species is with short stems carrying a single, apical, erect, ovate to elliptic, subobtuse, apiculate, short-petiolate leaf that blooms in the fall on an apical, shorter than the leaf, single flowered inflorescence with tubular scarious bracts and a pendulous flower.

Synonyms Cryptophoranthus argus Rchb. f. ex Kraenzl.; Cryptophoranthus dayanus (Rchb. f.) Rolfe 1887; Cryptophoranthus hologlottis Schltr.; Cryptophoranthus lehmanni Rolfe; Masdevallia argus Rchb.f. ex Kraenzl. 1921; *Masdevallia dayana Rchb. f. 1880; Zootrophion argus (Rchb. f. ex Kraenzl.) Luer

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915 as Cryptophoranthus dayanus; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 as Cryptophoranthus dayanus drawing ok; Orchids of Venezuela ; An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as Cryptophoranthus dayanus drawing ok; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 523 Dodson 1982 as Cryptophoranthus dayanus drawing ok; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 4 COS 1992 photo ok; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 drawing good; Orquideologia Vol 26 No 1 2009 photo fide; Orchid Species Of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 29 #1 2012 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #9 2019 photo fide; Orquideas de Farallones de Cali Galindo-Tarazona, Haelterman, Zuluaga Trochez and Sebastian Moreno 2020 photo fide