Zygopetalum (Zygo)

Zygopetalum is a genus of about 15 species of flowering plants in the family Orchidaceae, native to South America.
These plants produce waxy-looking, exotically patterned blooms. The blooms are strongly scented and have greenish-brown petals and sepals, and purple color on their lips. These exotic orchids occur as both terrestrial and epiphytic, mainly in cooler high altitude regions. They are great indoor plants that will add interest and color to your home or office for many weeks.

Name meaning

The genus name comes from the Greek words “zygon” (“yoke”) and “petalon” (“petal”), meaning “yoked petal”, in reference to the connected, intergrown sepals and petals.

Zygopetalum symbolism

Zygopetalum symbolizes fertility and spiritual connection between people.

Orchids in general are rich in symbolism and history. More information about the history, meaning and symbolism of orchids is available here.

Interesting facts about Zygopetalum

A Brief History of Zygopetalum Orchids

Zygopetalum is a member of the family Orchidaceae, one of the largest families of flowering plants. It is a tropical orchid native to Brazil, Peru, Venezuela and Columbia.

Zygopetalums were first found by John Mackay from Brazil. In 1827, John Mackay sent plant material to Sir William Hooker, a world famous orchid collector and specialist who promptly created a new genus name for this orchid. It’s interesting that the first species of Zygopetalum was named Zygopetalum mackayi in honor of John Mackay.
Since then, they have inspired people all around the world because of their rarity, collectability and amazing beauty.

Is Zygopetalum Fragrant?

The flowers of many species are very fragrant and their perfume is very noticeable.

In the wild, Zygopetalum uses its strong fragrance to attract pollinators which are mainly insects.

Zygopetalum Plant Data