Zygopetalum triste Barb. Rodr. 1877 Photo by Erwin Bohnke

Another Flower Angle Photo by Lourens Grobler.

Flower Closeup Photo by Patricia Harding.


Common Name The Dark Purple Zygopetalum

Flower Size 2 to 2 1/2" [5 to 6 cm]

Found in Brazil in the Southeast Atlantic forest in Minas Gerais at elevations of 950 to 1800 meters growing on rocks. An easy, small sized, warm to cool growing terrestrial or lithophyte that likes bright light. Plant stays small and blooms in the fall on an erect, several flowered inflorescence with the flowers crowded towards the apex (9") but spreads along short underground rizome. Pseudobulbs are mostly underground. When the flowers first open they smell like fresh ground pepper. As they get older the perfume becomes more spicy floral. This is really the color!

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VII 115-147 Hoehne 1953 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 36 No 4 1972 photo fide; Orchidaceae Brasilenses Band 2 Pabst & Dungs 1977 drawing fide; Orchid Digest Vol 45 No 1 1981 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 46 No 3 1982 photo fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 27 1648 - 1712 Brieger 1993 ;