Zootrophion hirtzii Luer 1984 Photo by Pieter C. Brouwer and his Nature Photo Website


Common Name Hirtz' Zootrophion [German Orchid Collector late 1900's]

Flower Size .4" [1 cm]

An Ecuadorian, cool to cold growing epiphytic species found at elevations of 1300 to 2100 meters in cloud forests with a creeping rhizome giving rise to a slender, creeping, prostrate to pendant, proliferating ramicauls enveloped by 4, close, tubular sheaths and carrying a single, apical, erect, coriaceous, elliptical, acute, cuneate below into the petiolate base leaf that blooms in the spring on an apical, slender, shorter than the leaf, 3/4 to 1" [1.8 to 2.5 cm] long, pendant, single flowered inflorescence arising through an annulus.

Synonyms Epibator hirtzii (Luer) Luer 2004

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *AOS Bulletin Vol 53 No 12 1984 drawing/photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 67 No 7 1998 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 42 - 43 pg 2626 - 2762 Brieger 2001 drawing fide/photo hmm; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 5 Dodson 2004 photo fide; Icones Pleurothallidinarum Vol XXVI Luer 2004 as Epibator hirtzii drawing fide; Flora of Ecuador No 87 225[3] Orchidaceae Dodson & Luer 2010 as Epibator hirtzii photo fide;