Common Name: The Black Purple Zootrophion
Light Requirements: partial shade
Temperature Requirements: intermediate
Bloom: late summer to winter
Flower Size: 2cm
Synonyms: Cryptophoranthus atropurpureus [Lindley]Rolfe 1887; Humboldtia atropurpurea (Lindl.) Kuntze 1891; Masdevallia fenestrata Lindley ex Hooker 1845; Pleurothallis atropurpurea [Lindley]Lindley 1836; *Specklinia atropurpurea Lindley 1838; Specklinia atropurpurea Lindl. 1842
A miniature to small sized, creeping epiphytic or rarely terrestrial species from elevations of 400-1300 meters in Jamaica, Cuba, Hispanola, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru? and Bolivia? in wet montane forests on trees, logs and banks in hilly woods, that is a hot to warm growing epiphyte and rarely a terrestrial, with erect, short stems enveloped basally by several scarious, inflated sheaths and carrying a single, apical, coriaceous, erect, obovate-elliptic, subobtuse, shortly petiolate leaf. It needs regular waterings year round and likes moderate shade, and it blooms on an apical, shorter than the leaf, single flowered inflorescence occurring from late summer through the winter with non-fragrant single flowers.