Catasetum discolor (Lindl.) Lindl. 1834 SUBGENUS Pseudocatasetum

Photo by Dan Souza and Orchidstudium


Common Name The Differently Colored Catasetum

Flower Size 1 1/2" [3.75 cm]

Found in inland South America from Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Surinam, French Guiana and northern and eastern Brazil in sandy soil between tufts of grass and under bushes and low trees near gallery forests at 500 to 1100 meters as a large sized, warm growing terrestrial, epiphyte or occasional lithophytewith ovoid to narrowly ovoid-fusiform, 2 to 3 noded pseudobulbs that become heavily ridged with age and enveloped basally by several leaf bearing sheaths carrying 6 to 7, plicate, petiolate, linear-lanceolate, acute, deciduous leaves that blooms in the late fall, winter to early spring on an erect to arcuate, 1 1/2' [45 cm] long, densely several to many flowered inflorescence carrying fragrant rye bread scenteed , fleshy, non-resupinate flowers on a mature pseudobulb that is still leafy or not.

Synonyms Catasetum cassideum Linden & Rchb. f. 1873; Catasetum ciliatum Barb.Rodr. 1877; Catasetum claesianum L. Linden & Cogn. 1893; Catasetum discolor f genuinum Mansf. 1902; Catasetum discolor var bushnani Cogn. 1902; Catasetum discolor var claesianum [Cogn.] Mansf. 1942; Catasetum discolor var. fimbriatum Rchb.f. 1860; Catasetum discolor var vinosum Cogn 1894; Catasetum discolor var viridiflorum [Hkr.] Cogn. 1902; Catasetum roseo-album (Hook.) Lindl. 1840; Monachanthus bushnani Hook. 1840; Monachanthus discolor Lindl. 1834; Monachanthus discolor var. bushnani Hook. 1837; Monachanthus discolor var. viridiflorus Hook. 1837;

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Refugium Botanicum Reichenbach 1869 drawing hmm; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI Hoehne 1942 as C discolor f genuinum drawing fide; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI Hoehne 1942 as C discolor var bushnani; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI Hoehne 1942 as C discolor var claesianum drawing fide; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI Hoehne 1942 as C discolor var fimbriatum drawing fide; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI Hoehne 1942 as C discolor var vinosum; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI Hoehne 1942 as C discolor var viridiflorum; AOS Bulletin Vol 30 No 3 1961 photo fide; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1961 drawing not = C roseum album; AOS Bulletin Vol 33 #8 1964 not = C roseum album; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; AOS Bulletin Vol 36 #4 1967 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 39 No 8 1970 photo fide; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Part 4 Foldats 1970 drawing ok [no hair]; Orchidaceae Brasilensis Band 1 Pabst & Dungs 1976 as C ciliatum drawing ok; Orchidaceae Brasilensis band1 Pabst & Dungs 1976 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An Illustrated Field Guide Vol 1 Dunsterville & Garay 1979 1st drawing not = C roseum album, 2nd drawing ok [no hair]; An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1982; The Orchids of Surinam Werkhoven 1986 photo fide; Native Colombian Orchids COS Vol 1 1990 photo fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 60 #2 1991 drawing fide; The Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb and Laurent 1992 ; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 26 1584 - 1648 Brieger 1992 drawing/photo fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; The World Of Catasetum Holtz 1999 as C ciliatum photo fide; The World Of Catasetum Holtz 1999 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing ok [no hair]; AOS Buletin Vol 71 No 5 2002 photo fide; Flora of the Venezuelan Guayana Vol 7 Steyermark, Berry, Yatskievych and Holst 2003 drawing ok; Orquideas de Roirama Luz & Franco 2012 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 phot fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #2 2016; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #4 2016 photo fide;

Catasetum discolor (Lindl.) Lindl. 1834 Green Variety

Photo by Jean Claude George

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Photos by Danny Lentz plant grown by the Atlanta Botanical Garden