Zygopetalum Maculatum - The Spotted Zygopetalum Peru & East Brazil brachypetalum burkei crinitum ghillanyi graminifolium hasslerianum maculatum maxillare microphytum pabstii pedicellatum reginae rigbyanum sellowii silvanum sincoranum triste Dark-purple.

Zygopetalum maculatum the Spotted Zygopetalum.

Zygopetalum maculatum "Spotted Zygopetalum" was first named Zygopetalum mackai by Hook in 1833. The generic name for Zygopetalum is derived from the Greek "zygon", means "yoked petal." Referring to the yoke shaped growth at the base of the lip where the petals and the sepals fuse.

Zygopetalum occurs in humid forests at low to mid-elevation regions of South America, with most species in Peru and Brazil. The genus consisting of fourteen species of the orchid family (Orchidaceae) (subfamily Epidendroideae, tribe Maxillarieae, subtribe Zygopetalinae)

Most Zygopetali are epiphytes with strap-like glossy plicate leaves - apical, oblong or elliptic-lanceolate, acute or acuminate. Zygopetali have a robust growth form with ovoid-conical pseudobulbs. Some are terrestrials, but all are deciduous.

Zygopetalum produces an erect, 24in (60 centimeter) long stem with up to several-flowered racemose lateral inflorescence that grows longer than the leaves. Their prominent bracts equal the length of the ovary. Zygopetalum are known for their fragrant, waxy long-lived flowers. Zygopetalum produce a multiplicity of blooms in shades of green, purple, burgundy and raspberry in several patterns.

Zygopetalum are known for their ease of culture and are much used as exotic cut flowers.


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