Zygopetalum orchids have long history, a Brazilian name Mackay gave an orchid to the famous orchid botanist, Sir William Hooker. Sir Hooker examined this unique new orchid and created a new genus for it: Zygopetalum. The first species of Zygopetalum orchids was named Zygopetalum mackayi in honor of that Brazilian gentleman. This genus derives its name from the Greek zygon (yoke) and petalon (petal), and is a perfect description of the growth at the base of the lip. These plants produce multiple blooms that can last for up to 8 weeks, and are often bred to be used as cut flowers.