Catasetum integerrimum Hooker 1840

SUBGENUS Catasetum SECTION Isoceras SUBSECTION Isoceras Photo by © Jay Pfahl

Plant in situ in Mexico Photo by © Weyman Bussey

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Common Name The Intact Catasetum

Flower Size 3" [7.5 cm]

A medium sized, hot to cool growing epiphyte found on trees in humid forests, coffee plantations and open country at elevations up to 1850 meters that is from Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Cuba? with ovoid to fusiform pseudobulbs carrying 6 to 8, oblong-lanceolate, plicate, deciduous leaves and blooms in the late spring till fall on an arching to suberect, 8" [25 cm] long, racemose inflorescence with bracts arising on a mature pseudobulb. The 3 to 10 fleshy, fragrant flowers do not open well, and they can be male [rightmost flowers in photo], female [leftmost flowers in photo] or hermaphroditic.

The flowers appear to be monks wearing cowls and as all Catasetums have the capability of ejecting their pollina [arrow 2 in photo] from the male flower, up to 8 feet with the purpose of depositing it on an insects back that is rummaging around the flower. The photo here shows both male and female flowers and if examined closely [arrow 1 in photo], you can see the pollina within the stigmatic cavity.

Synonyms Catasetum integrinum Beer; Catasetum integerrimum var flavescens Cogn. 1894; Catasetum integerrimum var. luteo-purpureum Cogn. 1902; Catasetum integerrimum var. purpurascens Hook. 1840; Catasetum integerrimum var. viridiflorum Hook. 1840; Catasetum maculatum Bateman non Kunth 1822; Catasetum wailesii Hkr. 1842

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 integerrimum var flavescens; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI Hoehne 1942 as C integerrimum var luteo-purpureum; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI Hoehne 1942 as C integerrimum var purpurascens; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI Hoehne 1942 as C integerrimum var viridiflorum; AOS Bulletin Vol 26 No 2 1957 drawing; AOS Bulletin Vol 30 No 2 1961 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 30 No 9 1961; Encyclopedia of Cultivated Orchids Hawkes 1965; Las Orquedias De El Salvador Hamer 1974 drawing/photo fide; Orquideologia Vol 14 No 1 1979 photo; AOS Bulletin Vol 48 No 5 1979; Orquídea (Mexico City), n.s., 7[3]: 1979; Orchids of Guatemala and Belize Ames & Correll 1985; An Introduction to the Orchids of Mexico Wiard 1987 photos fide; Selbyana Vol 10 Orchids of Central America Hamer 1988 drawing fide; Orchids Travel By Air A Pictoral Safari Mulder, Mulder-Roelfsema and Schuiteman 1990 photo fide; The Manual of Cultivated Orchids Bechtel, Cribb and Laurent 1992 photo fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 26 1584 - 1648 Brieger 1992; Manual of Orchids Stewart 1995; Algunas Orquideas de Oaxaca Suarez 2004 photo fide; The Orchids of Cuba Llamacho & Larramendi 2005; Icones Orchidacearum Plate 6 Hagaster 1990 drawing fide; Icones Planetarum Tropicarum Plate 628 Hamer 1982 drawing fide; The World Of Catasetum Holtz 1999; Orchidaceae Antillanae Nir 2000; Guia de Orquideas de Chiapas Carlos Rommel Beutelspacher Baigts 2013 photo fide; Algunas Orquideas de Mexico Tomo 1 Suarez 2013 photo fide; Orchid Flora of the Greater Antilles Ackerman 2014 drawing fide;