Zootrophion leonii D.E.Benn. & Christenson 2001

TYPE Drawing by Pastorelli, Bennett & Dodson

Common Name Leon's Zootrophion [Peruvian Species collector current]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Huancavelica department of Peru in brush and shrub covered steep slopes above pastures of cleared forests at elevations around 2300 meters as a mini-miniature sized, cold growing lithophyte in detrius with erect, terete ramicauls enveloped by 3 infundibuliform, shortly acuminate sheaths and carrying a single, apical, elliptic, apiculate, coriaceous, petiolate base leaf that blooms in the summer on a short, peduncle terete, .36" [9 mm] long, single flowered inflorescence with infundibuliform floral bracts and carrying a balloon-like flower that only opens on the sides, the exterior of the sepals dull yellow thickly spotted and blotched with dark red purple, the petals are purplish red, the lip pale purplish red, the center midlobe white, the column pale yellow and the anther is yellow.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum Peruviarum Plate 800 Bennett & Christenson 2001 drawing fide; LANKESTERIANA 14(1) 2014