Catasetum cristatum Lindl. 1824 SUBGENUS Catasetum SECTION Isoceras SUBSECTION Isoceras

Photo by Daniel Souza


Common Name The Comb-Like Catasetum

Flower Size 2" [5 cm]

Found in Trinidad, Venezuela and Brazil as a small to medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte of forested areas with fusiform, clustered pseudobulbs enveloped basally by several leaf sheaths and carrying linear-lanceolate leaves that blooms in the spring, summer and fall on a basal, erect to suberect, several flowered, racemose inflorescence arising on a newly matured pseudobulb.

This species is related to and may in fact be synomonous with C. barbatum, if this is true then this name would take precedence.

Synonyms Catasetum cornutum Lindl. 1840; Catasetum cristatum var stenopetalum Rchb.f 1887; Monachanthus cristatus (Lindl.) Lindl. ?; Myanthus cristatus (Lindl.) Lindl.?

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI Hoehne 1942 drawing fide; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI Hoehne 1942 as C cristatum var stenopetalum; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 No 2 1964 photo fide; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Part 4 Foldats 1970 drawing good; Die Orchideen #2 5-8 tafel 3 Rudolph Schlechter 1971 photo fide; Orchidaceae Brasilensis Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 26 1584 - 1648 Brieger 1992; Icones Orchidacearum Brasilensis Neto & Campacci 1993; The World Of Catasetum Holtz 1999 as C cornutum; The World Of Catasetum Holtz 1999 drawing/photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing ok; Orchids of The Brazilian Central Plateua Menezes 2004 photo fide; Orquideas de Roirama Luz & Franco 2012 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing/photo good