Zootrophion serpentinum Luer 1984 Photo by Hisanori and his Orchids of the World Website

Another Flower? Photo by J & L Orchids and their Orchid Catalog Website

Another Flower? Photo courtesy of Patricia Harding


Common Name The Serpent-Like Zootrophion [refers to the general aspect of the plant]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

Found in Ecuador in cloud forests at elevations of 1100 to 1950 meters as a miniature sized, warm to cool growing epiphyte with slender, creeping to prostrate to pendant, rooting and proliferating from an annulus ramicauls enveloped by 3 close, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, suborbicular to broadly elliptical, obtuse, rounded to broadly cuneate contracted below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on a solitary, slender, pendant, .4 to .6" [1 to 1.5 cm] long, single flowered inflorescence arising through an annulus.

CAUTION The first photo fits Luer's and the Native Orchids of Ecuador Vol 5 much better than the other photos which are what is sold as Z serpentinum and may actually be Zootrophion ximenae (Luer & Hirtz) ined..

Synonyms Epibator serpentinus (Luer) Luer 2004;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 12 1984 photo; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo fide to the first photo; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Epibator serpentinus drawing okish; Native Orchids of Ecuador Vol 5 Dodson 2004 as Z ximenae photo fide; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010 as Epibator serpentinus drawing good;