Catasetum expansum Rchb.f 1878 SUBGENUS Catasetum SECTION Catasetum Photos by Danny Lentz plant grown by the Atlanta Botanical Garden

Inflorescence Photo by Jay Pfahl

Female Top and Hermaphrodite Bottom Flower Photo by David Jubineau and His Bulbophyllum Pages Copyright

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Another Color Form Photos by Danny Lentz plant grown by the Atlanta Botanical Garden

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Common Name The Expansive Catasetum

Flower Size 3" [7.5 cm]

A large sized, showy, hot to cool growing epiphytic Catasetum from northeastern Ecuador in dry forest at elevations of 20 to 1500 meters with spindle shaped pseudubulbs carrying several deciduous, plicate, lanceolate leaves that can bloom from May until December on a basal, 12" [30 cm] long, several [6] flowered arching raceme arising on a newly forming pseudobulb carying either male or female flowers.

The flowers can be found in many colors including yellow, green, white and sometimes with maroon spots.

Synonyms Catasetum expansum var sodiroi [Schlechter] Mansf.; Catachaetum recurvatum Link 1844; Catasetum cliftonii R.H. Torr. 1911; Catasetum platyglossum Schltr. 1916; Catasetum recurvatum Link 1844; Catasetum sodiroi Schltr. 1921

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Otia Botanica Hamburgensia Rchb.f 1878; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI Hoehne 1942 as C platyglossum; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI Hoehne 1942 as C platyglossum var sodiroi; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 9 1957 photo as C platglossum; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 017 Dodson 1980 drawing fide; An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Orchids Pridgeon 1982; AOS Bulletin Vol 52 No 7 1983 photo; Orchids from The Coast Of Ecuador Arosemana, Jurado, Estrada and Konanz 1988 photo fide; Die Orchideen lieferung 24 Schlechter/Brieger 1991 photo fide; The World Of Catasetum Holtz 1999 photos fide; Native Ecuadorian Orchids Vol 1 Dodson 1993 photos fide; Orchid Digest Vol 58 No 3 1994 photo fide; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Botanica's Orchids Laurel Glen 2001; Australian Orchid Review Vol 68 No 1 2003 photo; Flora Of Ecuador # 76 225[2] Dodson & Luer 2005

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