Catasetum maculatum Kunth 1822 SUBGENUS Catasetum SECTION Catasetum

In situ Photos by Jay Pfahl

Flower Closeup

Inflorescence Photos by Danny Lentz plant grown by the Atlanta Botanical Garden

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Common Name The Spotted Catasetum

Flower Size 2" and more [5 cm +]

Found in Mexico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela and Brazil occurring at sealevel to 1000 meters and as such is a large sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte always occurring in coastal lowlands and always near watercourses with conical-fusiform, clustered, many noded pseudobulbs enveloped by several leaf-bearing sheaths carrying 3 to 5, oblanceolate, suberect to spreading, acute leaves that blooms in the summer and fall with [4 to 12] fragrant, fleshy flowers on an arching to suberect, to 2' [60 cm] long inflorescence arising on a mature pseudobulb and has ovate, pale green bracts.

This plant requires ample water, bright light and heat while in it's growth stage and needs only a short rest.

Synonyms Catasetum brenesii Schltr. 1923; Catasetum oerstedii Rchb. f. 1855; Catasetum rostratum Klinge 1898

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Lankester's Epidendra Website CR ; The Orchids of Mexico and Guatemala Bateman 1843 drawing fide; Bonplandia Rchb.f 1855 as C oerstedii; Die Orchideen Schlechter 1915; Die Orchideen der Sudamerikanischen Kordillerenstaaten II Colombia Schlechter 1920 as Catasetum blepharochilum; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 48. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as C oerstedii; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 136. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as C brenesi; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 225. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as C brenesii; Repert. Sp. Nov. Regni. Veg. Beih. 19: 226. Costa Rica Schlechter 1923 as C oerstedii; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI Hoehne 1942 drawing fide; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI Hoehne 1942 as C oerstedii; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI Hoehne 1942 as C blepharochilum; The Orchids of Panama L.O. Williams & P Allen 1946 as C oerstedii; AOS Bulletin Vol 27 No 6 1958 as C oerstedii; AOS Bulletin Vol 29 no 8 1960 as C oerstedii; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965 as C oerstedii photo fide; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 4 Dunsterville & Garay 1966 as C oestedii drawing fide; Flora de Venezuela Foldats Volumen XV Part 4 1970 drawing fide; Venezuelan Orchids Illustrated Vol 6 Dunsterville & Garay 1976 as C oerstedii drawing fide; Orquideologia Vol 13 No 3 1979 photo as C oerstedii; Orchids of Venezuela; An Illustrated Field Guide Dunsterville & Garay 1979 as C oerstedii drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 629 Hamer 1982 drawing fide; Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb and Laurent 1982; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; AOS Bulletin Vol 60 No 2/141 1991; Die Orchideen lieferung 24 Schlechter/Brieger 1991; Field Guide to the Orchids of Costa Rica and Panama Dressler 1993; Native Colombian Orchids Vol 5 COS 1994 photo ok; Manual Of Orchids Stewart 1995; The World Of Catasetum Holtz 1999 photo fide; Orchids of Venezuela [An illustrated field guide] Vol. 1 Ramiro and Carnevali 2000 drawing fide; Manual De Plantas de Costa Rica Volumen 3 Hammel, Grayum, Herrera and Zamora 2003 drawing fide; Vanishing Beauty, Native Costa Rican Orchids Vol 1 Pupulin 2005 photo fide; Orchid Species of Peru Zelenko & Bermudez 2009 as C sp photo fide; Orchids of Costa Rica Vol 2 Morales 2009 photo male/female fide;

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