Zygopetalum maxillare Lodd.

Chin-Bone Zygopetalum

Bot. Cab. 18: 1776 (1832)

Bot. Cab. 18: 1776 (1832)

Family: Orchidaceae

Genus: Zygopetalum

Category: Houseplant

Size: Flowers to 2.5" diameter


2 to 3 leaves. Lateral, 15" inflorescence with 5 to 8 flowers, waxy, long-lived. Blooms in summer.

From Edwards's Bot. Reg. 30: Misc: 10 in 1844 Sepals and petals green, with blotches and broken bands of chocolate brown. Lip violet, with a deep blue bridge.

From Bot. Cab. This is a native of Rio Janeiro: we received it in 1829 from our valued friend Mr. F. Warre: it flowered in August 1831. The leaves are about a foot long, and the flower-stems two-thirds of their length. The lip is very broad, and on its disk, surrounding the column, is a fleshy production resembling the lower jaw beset with teeth, which has suggested the name.


Native to Brazil and Paraguay.

Published in Bot. Cab. 18: t. 1776 in 1832.


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