Catasetum naso Lindl. 1843 SUBGENUS Catasetum SECTION Isoceras SUBSECTION Divaricatae

Female Flower Photo by David Jubineau Copyright

Common Name The Nose Catasetum

Flower Size 1 1/5" to 3 1/5" [4 to 8 cm]

Found in Peru and Venezuela in lowland and moderately elevated forests as a medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte with fleshy, white roots and fusiform pseudobulbs carrying 6, linear-lanceolate, medium green, plicate leaves and blooms in the fall on a erect to arcuate, 14.6" [38 cm] long, few to several flowered inflorescence carrying very fleshy, heavily fragrant flowers.

Very similar to C sanguineaum but it differs in the much smaller, in all aspects lip and the thinner nose above the midlobe apex of the lip. In C naso the apical nose of the lip is broad and long and only the basal margins of the lateral lobes are lacerate and the pedicels are much longer.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI Hoehne 1942; Orchids of Peru Schweinfurth 1958; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 2 Dunsterville & Garay 1961 as C sanguineum in part upper left only drawing fide; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Flora de Venezuela Volumen XV Part 4 Foldats 1970 drawing fide; Orchids of Venezuela, An illustrated field guide Vol. 1 Dunsterville and Garay 1979 as C sanguineum upper left only drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 26 1584 - 1648 Brieger 1992 photo fide; The World Of Catasetum Holtz 1999 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide; Orchids, A Colombian Treasure Vol 1 Ortiz & Uribe 2014 drawing fide