Catasetum gladiatorium K.G.Lacerda 1998

SUBGENUS Catasetum SECTION Isoceras SUBSECTION Isoceras Photo by © Danny Lentz plant grown by the Atlanta Botanical Garden


Common Name The Sword Carrying Catasetum

Flower Size 1" [2.5 cm]

Found in Brazil's central Plateau in Mato Grosso and Goiás states in savannahs at elevations around 200 to 650 meters as a medium sized, hot to warm growing epiphyte with clustered, fusiform pseudobulbs enveloped basally by deciduous leaf sheaths and carrying up to 10, arched, oblanceolate leaves that blooms in the summer on a basal, arched, racemose, 20 3/4" [52 cm] long, many [32] flowered inflorescence with resupinate flowers.

This species was considered to be a form of Catasetum barbatum but differs in the 3 toothed, basal callus, abscence of cilia in the basal part and the smaller pollina but now is considered a part of the C barbatum complex.


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Orchidaceae Brasilensis Pabst & Dungs 1976; The World Of Catasetum Holtz 1999; Icones Orchidacearum Brasilensis I Plate 030 Neto & Campacci 2000 drawing fide; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 44-45 pg 2763 - 2898 Brieger 2001; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #4 2016 photo fide;