Catasetum hillsii D.E.Benn. & Christenson 1998 SUBGENUS Catasetum SECTION Isoceras SUBSECTION Convergentes Photo by B Collantes courtesy of Eric Christenson

Inflorescence Photo by Dan Backhaus and The American Orchid Society Website

TYPE Drawing

Female Flower TYPE Drawing Drawings by Bennett & Christenson and The Swiss Orchid Foundation at the Jany Renz Herbaria Website

Fragrance Part sun Warm LATERSummer EARLIER Fall

Common Name Hills Catasetum [American Chemist working with floral fragrances current]

Flower Size

Found in Peru in tropical rainforests at elevations around 650 meters as a medium sized, warm growing epiphyte with fusiform pseudobulbs enveloped by imbricating, soon evanescent leaf bearing sheaths carrying 4 to 5, elliptic-lanceolate, acuminate, petiolate base leaves that blooms in the later summer and earlier fall on a male pendent, to 16" [40 cm] long, densely 12 to 16 flowered inflorescence with ovate, acute, much shorter than the ovaries floral bracts and carrying resupinate, strongly sweetly scented flowers.

The female inflorescence is stout, erect, slightly longer than the pseudobulbs, 3.2" [8 cm] long, 2 to 4 flowered inflorescnece and carry non-resupinate greenish yellow flowers


References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; *Icones Orchidacearum Tropicarum Plate 413 Bennett & Christenson 1998 drawing fide; The World Of Catasetum Holtz 1999; Orchid Digest Vol 65 #1 2001 fide; Icones Orchidacearum Tropicarum Plate 613 Bennett & Christenson 2001 drawing fide female flower; Rudolf Schlechter Die Orchideen Band 1C lieferung 44-45 pg 2763 - 2898 Brieger 2001;