Zootrophion vulturiceps (Luer) Luer 1982

Photo by Eric Hunt

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Common Name The Vulture Headed Zootrophion

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Costa Rica at elevations of 1400 to 1700 meters in wet cloud forests as a small sized, cool growing epiphyte with close set ramicauls enveloped basally by 3 to 4 brown, scarious sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, rigid, flat, deep green, prominent midvein, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the fall on a short, successively single flowered inflorescence arising through an annulus from near the apex of the ramicaul and has a tubular floral bract.

Synonyms *Cryptophoranthus vulturiceps Luer 1979

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; AOS Bulletin Vol 67 No 4 1998 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 No 1 2004 photo; Manual de Plantas de Costa Rica Vol 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 73 #1 2004 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 82 #10 2013 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 88 #9 2019 photo fide;