Catasetum imperiale L. Linden & Cogn. 1895 SUBGENUS Catasetum SECTION Catasetum

Side View Of Flower Photo by David Jubineau and His Bulbophyllum Pages Copyright

Female Flower Photo by Lourens Grobler


Common Name The Large Flowered Catasetum

Flower Size 4" [10 cm]

Found in Venezuela and Peru? at elevations of 1100 to 2100 meters as a cool growing epiphyte with fusiform, slightly compressed pseudobulbs carrying up to 10 dark green, plicate, elliptic-lanceolate, leaves that blooms in the late spring on a basal, 14" [35 cm] long, ascending and then pendant, racemose, several [8] flowered inflorescence arising on a partially developed pseudobulb.

Once thought to be a variety of Catasetum pileatum but has now been given species status, it could possibly be a natural hybrid between C pileatum and C macrocarpum but it has not been reproduced artificially as yet.

Kew at this time puts this species as a synonym of C pileatum but I have left it separate at this time.

Synonyms Catasetum bungerothii var imperiale [Linden & Cogn.] Cogn. 1897; Catasetum pileatum Rchb. f. var imperiale Hoehne 1942; Catasetum splendens var. imperiale (L.Linden & Cogn.) Rolfe 1895

References W3 Tropicos, Kew Monocot list , IPNI ; Flora Brasilica Vol XII VI Hoehne 1942 as C pileatum var imperiale; The World Of Catasetum Holtz 1999 photo fide; Australian Orchid Review Vol 68 No 1 2003 photo; Las Orquideas del Peru Izerskyy & Bezverhov 2011 photo fide; Orchid Digest Vol 80 #4 2016 photo fide;