Zootrophion griffin Luer 1982

Photo by David Morris

Another Color Form

Photo by Eric Hunt


Common Name Griffin's Zootrophion [Mythological Monster with the head of an eagle]

A wet forest, small sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte from Ecuador that is found at elevations of 600 to 1100 meters with stout, erect ramicauls enveloped by 4 to 5, inflated, loose, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, more or less purple suffused beneath, broadly elliptical, obtuse to rounded apically, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the later fall and winter on an apical, shorter than the leaf, .2" [5 mm] long, single to 3, successive to simultaneously flowered inflorescence.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 drawing fide; Orchid Genera and Species in Guatemala Archila, Szlachchetko, Chiron, Lipinska, Mystkowska and Bertolini 2018 photo fide