Zygostates lunata Lindley 1837

Inflorescence Photos by Milan Vagner.


Common Name The Moon-like Zygostates

Flower Size 1/2" or less [8mm]

This is a eastern Brazil dwarf, warm to cold growing epiphytic species, and is found in wet montane forests in the mist or Paramo zone on mossy trees, with a very short stem carrying an equitant, fan-shaped array of linear to oblong-elliptic, obtuse leaves that are articulated into the persistent, imbricate, basal leaf sheaths and blooming in the fall and winter on an arching to pendant, 4" [10 cm] long, many [30 or more] flowered inflorescence with linear-lanceolate bracts.

Best grown in cold to warm temperatures, in semi-shade, given humid wet conditions year round and mounted on tree fern.

Synonyms Dactylostylis fimbriata Scheidw. 1839; Epidendrum trilabiatum Vell. 1831; Ornithocephalus navicularis Barb. Rodr. 1877

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Iconografia de Orchidaceae Do Brasil Hoehne 1949 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 28 No 11 1959 photo good; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 drawing good; AOS Bulletin Vol 28 No 11 1966 photo; Die Orchideen #2 5-8 tafel 3 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 drawing fide; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 2 Pabst & Dungs 1977 drawing fide; The Manual Of Cultivated Orchid Species Bechtel, Cribb & Launert 1992 drawin g fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 30 1841 - 1904 Brieger 1994 photo fide; Lindleyana Vol 16 No 3 2001