Catasetum blackii Pabst 1964

SUBGENUS Catasetum SECTION Isoceras SUBSECTION Isoceras Photo by Patricia Harding

Another Flower

Inflorescence Photos by Daniel Souza

Part sunWarm Spring Summer

Common Name or Meaning Black's Catasetum [Original Discoverer of Species late 1900's]

Flower Size 3" [7.5 cm]

Found in the region surrounding the Sao Franscisco River in southwestern Bahia and northern Minas Gerais states of Brazil at elevations of 600 to 800 meters as a large sized, warm growing, rarely seen epiphyte on palms with the largest flowers of the C cristatum complex with elliptic pseudobulbs enveloped completely by imbricate, leaf bearing sheaths and carrying plicate, spathulate, acute basally clasping leaves that blooms in the spring and summer on a basal, erect to pendant, 16" [40 cm] long, to 15 flowered inflorescence and features flowers with a trilobed lip and crossed antennae on the column.

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Brasilensis Pabst & Dungs 1975 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1B lieferung 26 1584 - 1648 Brieger 1992; The World Of Catasetum Holtz 1999; Orquideas Da Chapada Diamantina Brito & Cribb 2005 photo/drawing fide