Zootrophion atropurpureum plate
Zootrophion atropurpureum from A Century of Orchidaceous Plants

Scientific Classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Liliopsida
Order: Asparagales
Subfamily: Epidendroideae
Tribe: Epidendreae
SubTribe: Pleurothallidinae
Genus: Zootrophion
Luer 1982
Type Species
Zootrophion atropurpureum

Zootrophion is a genus of in the orchid family (Orchidaceae) comprised of around twelve species. The genus is abbreviated as Ztrphn. in horticultural trade.


The genus is distributed from Jamaica and Central America through the Andes.


Plants in this genus has two pollinas. The stems have inflated, flattened sheaths.


Keep plant in partial shade. Plant can be grown in cool to intermediate conditions. Pot the plant in fine bark with perlite or sphagnum moss. Water regularly and keep potting media moist.


This genus is named after the cage like shape of the flowers


  1. Humboldtia Ruiz & Pavon 1794
  2. Specklinia Lindley 1830 in Part

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